Is Garth Brooks finally opening his “Dive Bar” in downtown Nashville?
Will we finally be able to “slip to the Oasis?”
In recent years, downtown Nashville has been overrun with artists opening their own bars on Lower Broadway.
Since around 2017, we’ve seen Alan Jackson, John Rich, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley hanging their names neon outside huge bars in downtown Nashville.
And just last month, Eric Church announced that he would open his own six-story venue, Chief’s, in 2023.
Garth Brooks is another artist who has expressed interest in having his own bar on Broadway, dropping the news in 2020 during a “virtual press conference” that he has something coming “in the next two, three years.”
Asked about opening a bar on Broadway, Garth said:
“Things that you probably shouldn’t say, I’ll say if you bet…kindly bet it happens because it’s just something that happens. It will come in the future, but it will happen the way we do.
So it will be his own place, kind of like Blake’s is his own place and all. So we were going to do it our way. And so it happens, I would say probably in the next two years, three years. ‘Cause, come on man, when you say Broadway, that’s “friends in the slums” right there. It’s the perfect place.
Garth also touched on the idea of opening a bar in Nashville during a press conference ahead of his July 2021 show at Nissan Stadium (a show that was eventually canceled and subsequently canceled due to the COVID pandemic):
“I hate to say that – it makes sense. So it can’t come soon enough for me.
I know exactly how I want it to be because I live in neighborhood bars. Just take out the fun side of every dive bar you’ve been to. Because to me, that’s what it’s all about…
I’m telling you, man, being part of one of the most sung songs of all time, in all of music, is a fun direction to go. I would like the shirt alone, that I had been at a ‘Friends in Low Places’ bar. It would be fun…
I’m in the same boat as you. I think it’s something that should belong here and it would be an honor if I could ever do it.
But is Garth finally making moves on the “dive bar?” Looks like he could be…
Downtown Sporting Club, a massive space at 411 Broadway that housed an ax throwing bar, boutique hotel rooms, and a half-ass attempt to revive the beloved Paradise Park that once occupied the space, announced in December 2021 that the building had been sold and the venue would close immediately.
There were rumors circulating around Nashville that Garth Brooks was the new owner of the building, so we here at Whiskey Riff decided to do a bit of our own research.
According to publicly available records from the Metropolitan Nashville Assessor, the building at 411 Broadway was sold on December 28, 2021, and the new owners are a company called 411, LLC.
A quick search of the Tennessee Secretary of State website shows that 411, LLC is a company that was incorporated on December 9, 2021. The registered agent is listed as Cheryl Harris and her address is listed as the office of a company called O’Neil Hagaman.
O’Neil Hagaman is a business management and consulting firm focused on entertainment industry clients, and Harris is a co-founder and partner of the company.
And one of Harris’ longtime clients? Garth Brooks.
According to court documents from an unrelated earlier trial in which she testified, Harris has worked with Garth since 1989 and is his accountant and business manager. A photo published in Billboard from 2020 shows Harris and Brooks, along with others from O’Neil Hagaman, together at the White House after Garth received the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress.
And who else is in the picture with Garth and Harris? Nashville attorney Russell “Rusty” Jones – who is listed under the mailing address for 411, LLC on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. Jones’ biography on the Tennessee Bar Association website also lists Garth Brooks among artists who have been clients of Jones.
Now, of course, that’s not concrete proof that Garth is the new owner of 411 Broadway, or that he’s going to open his “dive bar” there. Both Harris and Jones have big-name artists as clients, so it could be another country star or someone else.
But Garth told us his bar will be coming in the “next two to three years.” And it has now been two years since he dropped his ad.
So if I was a bettor (and I am), I’d bet that Garth will be announcing his new Broadway bar very soon.
And if he does, remember: you heard it here first.