The leader sits on the corner of Broadway and 2nd Ave
Multi-platinum superstar Eric Church has teamed up with real estate and hotel entrepreneur Ben Weprin as co-owners of the new six-story Chief’s property at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville, with plans to begin renovating the food, beverage and live entertainment space this year.
“I remember driving through downtown Nashville over 20 years ago with a pawnshop guitar, riding a shotgun in a beat to hell truck just trying to chase a dream,” Church recalls. “Chief’s is the culmination of realizing that dream. Like everything we do in our career, I wouldn’t even attempt a project like this if I didn’t think it would be the best, so that’s what Chief will be: the best.
The critically acclaimed artist’s passion for live music will be on full display with an intimate seated music room in the space. His roots in the Carolinas will also be reflected on the roof of the former Cotton Eyed Joe Building, with famed Charleston pitmaster and James Beard Award winner Rodney Scott bringing his Whole Hog BBQ to Music City.
“I’m beyond excited to not only bring Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ to Music City, but also to join my good friends Eric and Ben on this project,” says Scott. “Anyone who knows me knows that I love music – so the opportunity to expand the brand in partnership with an award-winning musician makes this project even more special! I can’t wait to share our Caroline roots and all of our BBQ pork with the amazing people of Nashville.
Church, who set the Nissan Stadium concert attendance record of 56,521 across the river from where Chief will be held, has been closely involved in the planning process for the venue, which will reflect his storied career as 30 Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Singles – From Sound sinners like me debut through the current Top 15 and escalating single “Heart On Fire” and beyond.
“Developing a seated concert hall on Lower Broadway while revitalizing and preserving a historic building is exactly the type of investment that Nashville’s entertainment sector needs,” notes Mayor John Cooper. “I thank the partners involved for preserving the character of the building while creating a new concept for the enjoyment of the inhabitants and our visitors.”
“Combining Eric’s talent and passion for music and his work ethic with a new downtown restaurant, bar, performance venue and more is a recipe for success,” added Butch Spyridon, CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The fact that he is doing this in a historic building that will transform the gateway to historic Second Avenue is truly a bonus as this street recovers from the unfortunate incident of 2020.”
“I join my closest friend and, in my opinion, the greatest hotel entrepreneur in the world, Ben Weprin, and the greatest barbecue chef in the world, Rodney Scott,” continues Church. “Together, we will create an experience unique to Nashville and absolutely unparalleled in the world of music, food, camaraderie and entertainment. This is my hometown. This is personal. This is important. Every detail of Chief will feel that way. I can’t wait to get started. See you in 2023.”
In addition to launching Chief’s, Church currently plays indoor shows across the United States and Canada as part of The Gather Again Tour. The US final at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden takes place in May. All tour dates will enforce local and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and the church is touring with a fully immunized crew.