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Kid Rock's Honky Tonk and others cited for not complying with public health order

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 16:30:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk Bar on Lower Broadway has been issued a citation by the Metro Public Health Department for allegedly serving customers who were seated at the bar and not observing proper social distancing.

Dr. Michael Caldwell, director of MPHD, previously met with the management of Kid Rock’s to discuss what is allowed under the order and guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The department received a complaint about the bar on Friday night. Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk was then issued a citation on Saturday night. A decision on the fine’s amount will be decided during a court appearance.

Thirteen other businesses were cited on Friday for being out of compliance with either public health order four or order six.

The following businesses were cited for being out of compliance with order four, which requires businesses to post signage asking customers to wear a facial covering and requires employees to wear a facial covering when interacting with the public:

  • 51st Deli on 51st Avenue N.
  • Jonathan’s Grille on Third Avenue N.
  • Popeye’s on Murfreesboro Pike
  • Sonic on Highway 70 S.
  • Sperry’s on Harding Pike
  • Taco Bell on Nolensville Pike
  • Thai Phooket on Rivergate Parkway
  • Wingstop on Gallatin Pike N.

The following businesses were cited for not complying with order six, which includes social distancing protocols and closing dance floors and bar seating:

  • Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk
  • Honky Tonk Central on Broadway
  • Jonathan’s Grille on Highway 70 S.
  • Nashville Underground on Broadway
  • Sam’s Bar and Grill on Lakeshore Drive
  • Scoreboard Bar and Grill on Music Valley Drive
  • Sperry’s on Harding Pike
  • Taco Bell on Nolensville Pike

Attorney Brian Lewis represents some businesses and called the citation “selective prosecution." He says it's unfair that Nashville's mayor is encouraging protesters to march in violation of the restrictions but “wants to hold the Nashville business community hostage.”

*The Associated Press contributed to this article.