The Grand Ole Opry and Bluebird Cafe announced a they'll be taking country music to New York City with the addition of a four-level entertainment complex in Times Square.
Ryman Hospitality officials made the announcement Thursday, and the restaurant and music venue was set to open April 2017.
It will include live performances simulcast from the Grand Ole Opry House and more in a two-floor bar and restaurant space. The new space is set to open April 2017.
“For 91 years the Grand Ole Opry has connected country music fans with their favorite artists through live performances, radio and more recently, digital technology,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “Opry City Stage is all about taking the diverse sounds that originate in Nashville to other markets so that fans have another way to discover new artists and connect with the music they love. We believe that once our Opry City Stage guests get a taste for all the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville have to offer, they are going to want to visit Music City and experience it for themselves.”
The complex’s fourth floor will feature a listening room and private event space similar to the Bluebird Cafe featuring Bluebird performances through a licensing agreement.
The ground level will include a retail area featuring some of Nashville’s signature brands.