Kid Rock's Big Honky Tonk Steakhouse has beer permit suspended after COVID-19 health order violation

Kid Rock's Big Honky Tonk Steakhouse has beer permit suspended after COVID-19 health order violation
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Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk and Steakhouse in Nashville, Tenn., had its beer permit temporarily pulled for breaking a city COVID-19 health order, according to a Thursday report in The Tennessean.

The restaurant was slapped with a five-day suspension by the Metropolitan Beer Permit Board after it was seen serving patrons at its bar on Saturday night. The city's phase two reopening plan includes a rule that says customers can only be served at tables and booths.

Authorities were alerted after a photo of the Big Honky Tonk from Saturday showed a big crowd that included patrons at that bar.

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Overall, four Nashville bars received a five-day beer permit suspension.

“The Nashville government is, like, communist. They’ve got us behind a Berlin Wall,” Big Honky Tonk owner Steve Smith told The Tennessean on Tuesday.

“We met with Mayor Cooper and the doctors weeks ago and explained how having bar service is safer than table service. They’re doing everything they can to put us out of business,” Smith added.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Thursday that the city will enter into phase three of its reopening plan on June 22. That phase would allow small music venues and bars to open at 50 percent capacity.