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Exciting news, Blake Shelton fans! Shelton’s Ole Red restaurant and entertainment venue is coming to Gatlinburg! On Sept. 18, Shelton visited Gatlinburg to tour the site of Ole Red Gatlinburg and talk about his plans for the new entertainment complex. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Shelton’s visit and Ole Red Gatlinburg:
Blake Shelton Visits Gatlinburg
Touring the site of @OleRedGburg… Can’t wait for y’all to see this!! ..Can I order a drink yet??
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 18, 2018
Country star Blake Shelton paid a visit to Gatlinburg on Sept. 18 to hold a press conference with Ryman Hospitality President and CEO Colin Reed at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. During the press conference, Shelton explained his vision for Ole Red and said he wants it to feel like a state of mind as soon as you walk in.
“It needs to feel like country music used to feel,” Shelton said.
Shelton also shared that when the proposal for him to open a restaurant in Gatlinburg came up, he immediately knew he wanted to do it. The goal is to fill a void and offer visitors and locals something fun to do at night.
There will be a special grand opening event for the venue in March 2019, where Shelton and other guests will perform.
Watch WBIR’s video of Blake Shelton’s visit to Gatlinburg below:
Facebook Live Announcement
On March 21, 2018, Shelton and his partners at Ryman Hospitality Properties announced on Facebook Live that they will be bringing the Ole Red brand to East Tennessee.
“Gatlinburg is one of my all-time favorite places,” Shelton said. “This part of the country is full of people who love good food, great music, family and most importantly, a good time. That’s what Ole Red is all about.”
This will be Shelton’s third Ole Red venue. The first he opened in his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and the second is expected to open in Nashville in May. Fans can expect the Gatlinburg location to open in February or March of 2019.
Watch the Facebook Live video to see the announcement for yourself!
About Ole Red Gatlinburg
Ole Red Gatlinburg will be located at 511 Parkway, which is currently the vacant Riverbend Mall. According to Ryman Hospitality Properties, there are plans for renovations to turn it into a 16,000-square-foot multi-level attraction, with a two-story bar and restaurant, retail space, performance venue, dance floor and an outside terrace.
The restaurant was inspired by Shelton’s No. 1 hit song, “Ol’ Red” and will be filled with both good music and good food. Shelton plans to bring his Southern roots to the menu with Nashville classics like Hot Chicken & Waffles, BBQ, burgers and more Southern favorites.
In his Facebook Live announcement, Shelton said choosing the location for Ole Red was a “no-brainer,” and he wants the venue to add more of a late-night party feel to Gatlinburg.
In a news release, Collin Reed, the chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, said part of their goal is to celebrate the country lifestyle and resonate with country music’s growing fan base.
“With 12 million annual visitors and a rich country music legacy, Gatlinburg is an ideal destination for the Ole Red brand,” Reed said. “We know the Smoky Mountain region is tremendously popular with country lifestyle consumers, and we believe Ole Red offers a unique entertainment experience that will attract even more visitors to the area.”
Shelton said he can’t wait to give his fans another place to have fun in Gatlinburg, and we know you can’t wait either!
Dining in the Smoky Mountains
The Smoky Mountains are home to so many delicious restaurants, and we’re excited to add Blake Shelton’s restaurant to the list. While you wait for Ole Red Gatlinburg’s grand opening, try one of the many other delicious restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.