I think I now know why people like John Rich decide to buy a bar … and people like me don’t. It could have something to do with the price of the place John is said to have purchased in downtown Nashville. Depending on which report you read, the price of the building is somewhere between $2 and $5 million. I’d say that’s a very good reason why I don’t own a bar in downtown Nashville.
Bloggers everywhere have been telling us that John and his business partner, Phil Martin, will be opening up a new bar on Broadway. The building they were supposed to have purchased is the former home of the Seanachie Irish Pub, and sits in the 300 block of one of Nashville’s most famous streets. The more than 16,000 square foot building is scheduled to be completely renovated, and no one has said yet when that renovation will be complete, what the new bar will be called, or when the new business will open. So there’s going to be a lot of “wait and see” going on with this project. When it is done, I have no doubt it is going to be the place to hang when you’re in Nashville.
But, now we’re hearing that John may not be involved in the project at all. Phil Martin talked with Brad, who writes for Music City TV, and here’s what Brad wrote: “I talked to Mr. Martin tonight, and he says that he is good friends with John Rich, but that John has no part of Martin’s pending deal to buy the old Seanachie building.”(John Rich’s label publicist also says he’s not part of the deal.)
John and Big Kenny may not have been doing much together lately, but John certainly is keeping himself busy. I think we all know John and his wife, Joan, had a baby in January – a little boy named Cash Rich.
In addition to being a new Dad, John is still busy touring, with shows coming up in SeaWorld, Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 20; Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Convention Center on March 13, and a show in Kansas City, Mo., at the Sprint Center on April 10. He was also part of the San Antonio Rodeo show in San Antonio, Texas, back on Feb. 8.
There’s a little John Rich news for you guys. I’m a little disappointed that John isn’t going to be part of the new bar. Can you imagine what a fun place that would be? But then again, who knows … John and Phil are good friends, so maybe John will end up with part of the bar deal anyway. We’ll just just have to see how this thing plays out.
I’ll talk to you guys later. Enjoy your Friday!