Broadway bar owners sue city, state officials over COVID-19 closures

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Posted at 7:09 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 20:09:23-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several bars on Broadway in downtown Nashville have filed a joint lawsuit against key city and state leaders


The lawsuit lists Kid Rock's bar, Honkey Tonk Central along with managing partner Steve Smith. They are seeking damages for lost revenue from Mayor John Cooper's mandated stay-at-home orders.

The lawsuit states businesses have been specifically targeted by Director Caldwell and Mayor Cooper and have received unfair treatment in comparison to protesters during recent demonstrations.

It goes on to say that the businesses have also received unequal treatment from Metro’s Beer Permit Board and it’s member, Kia Jarmon.

Last week, Kid Rock's bar was one of 14 businesses cited for not following Metro's reopening guidelines. As a result, the bar temporarily lost its beer permit and will face a fine after the case is heard in court.