Ryman Hospitality Properties released plans today for a four-level entertainment complex in Times Square in New York City, as The Grand Ole Opry sets to take roots on New York’s Broadway. The Opry’s northern home will offer New York City goers and dwellers a taste of some of the best Nashville music and food, offering live performances simulcasted from Nashville’s Grande Ole Opry House. The Opry’s home away from home is set to open in April 2017.
Colin Reed, the chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties has said of the new bar and restaurant, “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.”
A listening room and private event space will make up the complex’s entire fourth floor, while the ground level will feature a retail store that is said to contain many of Nashville’s signature brands for those in the Big Apple. Due to a licensing agreement between Ryman Hospitality Properties and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the listening room will also feature performances from the Bluebird Cafe.