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Jon Bon Jovi Is Opening a Nashville Honky-Tonk

Jon Bon Jovi is the latest artist set to open a bar and restaurant concept in Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

The rocker, along with his band, will open JBJ’s Nashville in spring 2024 at 405 Broadway. The venue will launch in partnership with BPH Hospitality, a subsidiary of Nashville-based Big Plan Holdings. A release touts that the venue will be the tallest and second-largest bar by square footage on Lower Broadway.

The building’s design will align with the city of Nashville’s Broadway Historic Preservation Overlay, and will feature entrances on both Broadway and 4th Avenue, with two fifth-story outdoor rooftop decks.

“We’re looking forward to having a place in Nashville that we call home,” Jon Bon Jovi said in a statement. “When Big Plan Holdings and the team of Josh and Tara Joseph asked us if we were interested, it wasn’t because we were just another rock band, it was because we are a band with deep roots in Nashville. We have had wonderful times in Nashville recording several albums and working with some of the finest people in all the music business. I can’t wait to toast all of Broadway and get to know our neighbors!”

Of course, the new venue is far from the only celebrity-owned bar and restaurant to dot Nashville’s Lower Broadway, as the downtown Nashville area is home to venues emblazoned with country artists’ names including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, while Luke Combs and Eric Church also have bars set to open.

The news follows on the heels of last week’s celebration honoring Jon Bon Jovi as the MusiCares Person of the Year. As the band Bon Jovi celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, a new Bon Jovi documentary is set to release on Hulu in April.

Jon Bon Jovi is also no stranger to Nashville’s country music scene; in 2006, he earned a two-week No. 1 Country Airplay hit with a duet version of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” featuring Jennifer Nettles. In 2020, the two teamed up again for “Do What You Can.” In 2007, he also collaborated with LeAnn Rimes on the song “‘Til We Ain’t Strangers Anymore,” and in 1998, the rocker collaborated with Chris LeDoux on a version of Bon Jovi’s “Bang a Drum,” which appeared on LeDoux’s One Road Man album.

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