Earlier Sunday Nashville Mayor John Cooper called for all bars on lower Broadway to close and all restaurants to hold no more than 50 patrons.
According to The Tennessean:
The city’s move, which was praised by some but rejected by at least one prominent area businessman, includes:
- closing bars throughout Davidson County, including in the tourist-heavy Lower Broadway area;
- limiting restaurant seating to less than 50% of capacity, with no more than 100 individuals allowed in a given establishment; and
- limiting bar service at restaurants to 50% capacity with no standing allowed.
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This did not go over well with local business owners.
Steve Smith, the owner of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Steakhouse & The Diner, responded to the mayor telling him his mandate is “unconstitutional.”
Via John Breslow from WKRN:
The bars will remain open!
Downtown Nashville is undefeated. pic.twitter.com/BFIOzukFct
— Janna Abraham (@SportsPundette) March 15, 2020