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Eric Church announces plans for a six-story entertainment venue in downtown Nashville

AUBURN, Ala. (January 28, 2022) — Country superstar and 2020 CMA Entertainer of the Year Eric Church is teaming up with renowned chef to bring together his passion for music and Carolina BBQ at his new megabar, Chief’s.

Church is partnering with real estate and hospitality entrepreneur Ben Weprin as co-owners of the venue located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway, the former Cotton Eyed Joe building.

His Carolina roots will be reflected on the menu thanks to Charleston pitmaster and James Beard Award Winner Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ.

Mayor John Cooper is excited for what Chief’s will bring to Music City. “Bringing a seated music venue to Lower Broadway while revitalizing and preserving a historic building is exactly the kind of investment Nashville’s entertainment sector needs,” he said.

Church began his career sequestered in rural North Carolina before taking Nashville by storm. “I remember driving through downtown Nashville over 20 years ago with a pawn shop guitar, riding shotgun in a beat-to-hell truck just trying to chase a dream. Chief’s is the culmination of catching that dream,” reflects Church.

Church has been closely involved in the planning process of the venue, with the intention to begin renovating the space this year for the projected opening in 2023.

About Eric Church:

North Carolina native Eric Church has 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum singles and has spent the last year releasing new music at a relentless pace. Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. During 2019’s Double Down Tour, Church played back-to-back nights with over six hours of his iconic music. This tour set him apart from any artist after he became the first artist to sell out Nissan Stadium in Nashville as a solo lineup with over 56,000 fans in attendance.

A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir.

For more information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic


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