Icon Entertainment Group Founder Bill Miller was joined by members of both the Cash and Carter families, including John Carter Cash, Tommy Cash, Joanne Cash and Carlene Carter, on Wednesday morning for the grand opening of Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon in downtown Nashville. Located at 121 Third Avenue South, this 15,000 square foot food and beverage establishment features the best in country cooking served up by Nashville’s longstanding southern food institution Swett’s.
“We are thrilled and honored to introduce Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon to the world,” says Icon Entertainment Group Founder Bill Miller. “It’s one of the most unique venues anywhere, anchored by one of the biggest and most beloved personalities in the history of entertainment. Johnny’s legions of fans from around the world will be immersed in the hospitality and ambience they’d find if they had been to Johnny and June’s home for dinner.”
“I am thrilled about the new restaurant, Johnny Cash‘s Kitchen & Saloon,” says John Carter Cash. “Dad‘s favorite foods in the world are exactly what you will find on the menu. I remember my father and mother bringing me to Swett’s when I was but a small boy. Southern cooking was my father’s very life blood and tradition, and I firmly believe it does not get any better than this.”
“It has been a pleasure working with Bill and his team to train the staff at Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon,” says Swett’s owner David Swett. “We have enjoyed helping to put this restaurant together and know it will be a success for downtown Nashville.”
Patrons of Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon enter the first floor of the meat and three restaurant and are immediately greeted by the sounds of classic Cash performed live on the stage daily. Traversing backstage, they enter a cafeteria style dining establishment that features the curated menu of Swett’s, a Music City signature that has been welcoming customers through its doors at their original location since 1954. Seated beneath a hand painted mural immortalizing the Cash and Carter family legacies, guests will enjoy comfort food classics like delicious fried chicken, meat loaf, pork chops, catfish, roast beef and much more served with dozens of side dishes and homemade desserts.
The Kitchen & Saloon recreates the warmth and authenticity of Johnny and June Cash’s home and features many never-before-seen photos that share a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the superstar. The second floor’s rustic decor created from rough-hewn timbers and stone, a floor to ceiling fireplace, and intricate stained glass windows depicting significant glimpses into Johnny’s life provide the welcoming atmosphere that was customary at Johnny & June’s own table. Proceed beyond the fireplace lounge and guests find a replica of Johnny’s own Cash Cabin front porch that looks onward to a second stage and bar. This performance area is wrapped in a mural of the Cash home that once stood in its glory on Old Hickory Lake.
Details on the establishment are below:
Name: Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon
Location: 121 Third Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201
Hours: 11 AM to 3 AM Daily
Kitchen Hours: 11 AM to 8 PM
Age Restriction: 21 + after 8 PM
About Icon Entertainment:
Icon Entertainment Group was founded by celebrated entrepreneur and real estate investor Bill Miller. The company currently owns and operates the Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, Nudie’s Honky Tonk, Music City Threads, House of Cards and Skull’s Rainbow Room in Nashville, Tenn. Coming in 2020 will be the much anticipated Sinatra Bar and Lounge to the Southern Turf building. Icon has also acquired commercial real estate totaling in six properties and over 110,000 square feet in downtown Nashville. To date, Icon’s establishments have welcomed millions of patrons since it first opened the Johnny Cash Museum in April 2013. Outlets like National Geographic, Marie Claire, Conde Nast’s Traveler, USA Today, AAA, TripAdvisor, Forbes, Time, Rolling Stone, Southern Living, etc. have all honored their establishments with distinctions solidifying their foothold as must visit attractions and dining experiences in Music City.
The Swett family opened the doors to their restaurant, a bona fide Nashville’s institution, in 1954 on Clifton Avenue. Countless politicians, entertainers, civic leaders and ordinary people have made Swett’s a true bustling melting pot to this day. To discover more information about the Swett’s family tradition in Music City, visit www.swettsrestaurant.com.
About Johnny Cash:
Johnny Cash is one of the most iconic and applauded voices in American music. Selling more than 90 million records, Johnny, born J. R. Cash, has been inducted into the Country Music, Gospel Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fames. Known worldwide as the “Man in Black,” Cash catapulted up the charts with hits like “I Walk The Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “One Piece at a Time,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Orange Blossom Special,” etc. His success would lead to The Johnny Cash Show, a primetime network variety show on ABC, which welcomed acts such as James Taylor, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young. In addition to his award winning solo career, he recorded regularly with his wife June Carter Cash and saw commercial success as The Highwaymen, a country group featuring Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. He continued to release records and receive Grammy wins into the early 2000s with his final recordings under Rick Rubin at American Recordings. In 2002, “Hurt” introduced a whole new generation to his music when he released the music video and recording of the Nine Inch Nails tune. Throughout his career, he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996 and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2001. Cash passed away at the age of 71 in September 2003. Two years after his death, his life was the subject of the biographical film “Walk The Line” that would garner Golden Globe and Academy Awards.