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Another country music star pursues Broadway bar

Another country music singer could soon join the ranks of such celebrities opening branded bars and restaurants in Nashville's Lower Broadway honky-tonk tourist district.

Metro filings reveal that a concept named Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar is in the works for the building at 305-311 Broadway. Ohio-based restaurant operator TC Restaurant Group just paid $32 million to buy that building, which also wraps around to front Third Avenue South. The Broadway side of the building features entrances for Tequila Cowboy and WannaB's Karaoke Bar.

In a news release, TC Restaurant Group touted a forthcoming "multimillion-dollar expansion and soon-to-be-announced new venues." That expansion includes adding a fourth-story rooftop space and enlarging the building overall by about 45 percent.If these plans materialize, Aldean would join Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson and John Rich, all of whom have existing Broadway venues or ones that will open this year. Most recently in Nashville, TC Restaurant Group opened FGL House, located on Third Avenue South — teaming with country band Florida Georgia Line. Those celebrity-backed establishments are increasingly notable along what is the postcard shot of downtown Nashville and ground zero of its tourism industry.

Metro records indicate that staff at the Historic Zoning Commission approved the proposed Jason Aldean signage on March 14. The Metro Codes Department is reviewing TC Restaurant Group's requested signage permit. The Codes paperwork describes the sign as being "formerly Tequila Cowboy," though it wasn't immediately clear whether Tequila Cowboy would shut down or whether it would remain open with Aldean's concept joining the others in the building.

A spokeswoman for TC Restaurant Group declined comment. The company opened Tequila Cowboy in 2012.

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