Managing to stay in business to pour over Super Bowl weekend, John Rich’s “Nashville style honky-tonk bar” Redneck Riviera has shuttered on the second floor of the Strip’s Grand Bazaar Shops.
The country superstar, one half of the duo Big & Rich, had hoped the 4,249-square-foot project would be a springboard for future expansions. Still on the horizon is an under construction Redneck Riviera Nashville.
Featuring a “Heroes Bar,” where “a vets’ first drink is on John!,” the space included food delivery from Wahlburgers restaurant on the floor below. Fans were able to purchase souvenirs at the retail section by the front entrance and snap photos of of an American flag art piece created with beer cans, restroom sinks built from tires, gas pump faucets, and a horse saddle upgraded with hundreds of small mirrors to create a disco ball.
Operating for just over a year, the bar regularly booked live artists and stayed open until 4 a.m, but the upper-level location may have proved a hindrance to luring foot traffic.
The Grand Bazaar Shops and Redneck Riviera have yet to announce the closure and a possible replacement has not been revealed.
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