Tennessee ABC Seeks Last Call for Celebrated Music Venues

Tennessee ABC Seeks Last Call for Celebrated Music Venues

The Tennessee ABC has rocked the boat for scores of popular music venues. At issue is a critical asset - the liquor license.

Tennessee liquor laws require that bars sell at least 15% food and have a stocked kitchen. For many concert venues, the requirement is unrealistic. Music fans do not normally flock to concerts to eat dinner. Who goes to Tootsies or Bluebird for dinner?

The law is clear and bars that do not meet the ABC requirements do not qualify for liquor licenses.

We have heard about ABC enforcement against popular music venues from Memphis to Knoxville. The ABC may be duly enforcing the law as written, but the result could be catastrophic to the music scene in Tennessee.

Rumor has it that several Nashville club owners have organized to change state law and solve the problem. Without a change in the law, the future of Tennessee's iconic music venues is in jeopardy.

1970's heavy metal champs Deep Purple may see the hand-writing on the wall:

When it all was over,
We had to find another place.
But Swiss time was running out,
It seemed that we would lose the race.

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