Kid Rock is closing shop on his Nashville bar after initially dismissing growing concerns of COVID-19.
The country star and Big Ass Honky Tonk And Steakhouse’s co-owner, Steve Smith, spoke to Fox Nashville in response to Mayor Cooper’s hope to combat the viral coronavirus with closures of all bars and shops on their iconic music strip.
“We appreciate the efforts of Mayor Cooper to combat the COVID-19 virus, but unless there’s a statewide mandate that directs all bars and restaurants to be closed, the request made by Mayor Cooper is unconstitutional as he is targeting a select group of businesses,” he began.
Adding, “However, a Tootsie’s patron as immediate as last night, mentioned having lived through the polio epidemic and didn’t recall such extreme measures being handed down in history.”
In a follow-up statement to Variety, the bar announced it was indeed temporarily closing: “In cooperation with the Mayor’s office, Tootsie’s Honky Tonk Central and Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk have closed to help protect the public health.”
Along with Rock’s bar, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central and The Diner had all refused to close.