Dierks Bentley Shuts Doors of His Nashville Bar & Pledges $90k for Employees Amid Coronavirus

Kareena Koirala
Mar 23, 2020
09:30 A.M.
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After Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued an order to close all the bars in Davidson County, many bar owners complied and locked their properties. Dierks Bently is one of such bar owners, but he has a far more practical and empathetic approach. 


Earlier this month, COVID-19 viral disease was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. According to WHO Director-General, this is the first time that a pandemic was caused by a coronavirus. 

Amid the viral outbreak, Nashville is also taking measures to prevent the spreading of coronavirus by encouraging people to limit social contacts by staying indoors. 



As reported by "Tennessean," Nashville Mayor John Cooper ordered bars throughout the Davidson County area to close and to limit the restaurant capacity.

Following the announcement, many bars including Dierks Bently's Whiskey Row restaurant closed their doors to customers and all the employees were given leave until further notice. 


Let's make sure that we help the folks that make the music happen.

However, the country singer also kept his employee's finances in mind and decided to compensate them for the time that they will be away by giving all the 90 hourly employees $1,000 each. 



The country singer made the considerate arrangement in partnership with Riot Hospitality Group. In an Instagram post, he shared how he could relate to the employees of Lower Broadway. 

"Feels like yesterday that it was me down there working for tips."


Bently also urged all the bar owners to follow the suit, calling Lower Broadway the "heartbeat of Nashville." Another person who makes the list of the ones who shut down their bars in Nashville areas is Luke Bryan. 

The singer took to Instagram to share that his bar Luke's 32 Bridge is closed so that its staff and patrons can be safe. Meanwhile, he also advised people to stay safe during this time of chaos.

Luke Bryan attends the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 7, 2017. | Source: Getty Images


Some other bars that closed down in Nashville include Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk, Nudie’s, and Rippy’s. Previously, these bars were operating with live music performances.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!