Grand Ole Opry is going north to NYC with new venue

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Grand Ole Opry is going north. The famous venue for country music is branching out of Tennessee for the first time its 91-year history with a new restaurant and venue in Times Square.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., on Thursday announced plans to open the Opry City Stage around April 2017, which will feature retail space, a listening room and private event space, a bar and a restaurant.

Colin Reed, chairman and CEO, said their goal is expand the concept to other tourist-heavy cities. Visitors will be able to watch live performances, or watch Grand Ole Opry performances via screens.

The Bluebird Cafe, the songwriter venue in Nashville, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, will also help curate performances in the venue.