It’s the end of an era for George Jones fans. The museum, restaurant and rooftop bar honoring the country music legend in downtown Nashville has closed. The disappointing news was announced on social media.
“The George Jones Restaurant, Museum and Rooftop started with the intention to have a place where George Jones fans could come and share in the journey of Possum’s life and music — enjoy great food, drinks and live country performances — all with the amazing backdrop of southern hospitality and warmth,” owners shared as part of a lengthy post. “During the last several years, we have met many of you, shared stories and bonded not only over George Jones, but over country music, Nashville and the spirit of all that encompasses. We are so grateful to all of you for that!
“It has been a difficult two years for so many — our company has been no different,” the statement continues. “From the pandemic (and the starts and stops there) all the way through to the 2nd Ave bombing one year ago — we have fought for what is right for our loyal staff and local partners. As many business owners know, between the workforce shortages and difficulty with consistency of products, it is a challenge day to day (to say the least) to make a business viable. For these reasons, it is with a heavy heart that we announce we are closing The George Jones Entertainment Venue after a beautiful run.”
The statement goes on to say that the contents of the museum will be used again, just in a different location.
“The museum and all of its contents are being handled with care,” the statement concludes. “There will be more to come on where this exhibit will land next. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of the fans, guests, staff (present and past) local partners and friends that have come through our doors over the last few years. We feel so fortunate to have shared terrific memories, food, drink and music.”
The George Jones museum and restaurant was located at 128 Second Ave. N. in downtown Nashville. It opened in 2015.