Blake Shelton Is Bringing His Ole Red Venue to Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Blake Shelton's Ole Red enterprise just keeps growing! The singer has announced a new location for his multi-use venue, Ole Red, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., which is expected to open in 2019.
The venue — named for Shelton's swampy 2002 hit "Ol' Red" — will include a two-story bar and restaurant, performance area (complete with a dance floor), retail stores and an outdoor terrace. The food is Shelton-approved: hot chicken and waffles, one of Nashville's most popular current food trends, along with other classic Southern fare like barbecue and burgers, will be on the menu.
The "I Lived It" singer is also using the Ole Red space as a music showcase, with various concerts set to take place that will offer opportunities for up-and-coming acts to perform.
“Gatlinburg is one of my all-time favorite places. This part of the country is full of people who love good food, great music, family and most importantly, a good time," Shelton says of Ole Red's new home. "That’s what Ole Red is all about, and I can’t wait to give my fans another place to have fun in Gatlinburg." This will be the third Ole Red location, joining Tishomingo, Okla., which is already open, and Nashville, which has sights set on an opening date of May 2018.
You never know who will show up at the venue — recently Shelton's superstar girlfriend Gwen Stefani gave an Oklahoma crowd quite the surprise when she hopped on stage with Shelton during an appearance at the venue to perform their duet, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart."
Ole Red Gatlinburg will open its doors in spring of 2019. Until then, Shelton will fill his time as a coach on The Voice. He is set to perform at the 2018 ACM Awards, too, where he's nominated for Single Record of the Year for "I'll Name the Dogs."
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