Members of the Johnny Cash family, the Nashville media and other invited guests were on hand to celebrate the opening of a new restaurant in downtown Nashville, Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon, Wednesday (July 31). The Cash-inspired restaurant, located next to the Johnny Cash Museum, features country-style cooking along with archival photographs and memorabilia from the legend’s life and career.
The iconic Cash family was well represented at the grand opening, including Johnny’s brother Tommy Cash, sister Joanne Cash and son John Carter Cash. “I love this space,” noted John Carter. “I’m grateful to be here today.” Carlene Carter, the daughter of Johnny’s wife June Carter Cash, was also on hand and treated the guests to her rendition of “Ring of Fire,” written by her mother. She recalled her mom’s advice that she should learn to write songs in order to bolster her career. “[Mom] set the bar really high for me,” Carter smiled.
Visitors to Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon can enjoy a meal of traditional country cooking, served up cafeteria-style by Swett’s, a Nashville culinary institution. If you’re hungry after a day of walking around downtown Nashville, you can fill up on your choice of fried chicken, meat loaf, catfish, roast beef and other main dishes, plus side items like okra, baked potato casserole, green beans and salads. Finish off the meal with homemade desserts that include coconut cream pie and blackberry cobbler.
Guests are welcome to stroll around and admire the many photos and items that dot the 15,000-square-foot restaurant. Many of the photographs give a glimpse into the daily life of the iconic Man in Black and his family. The second floor features stained glass windows, a fireplace lounge and a replica of the Cash Cabin porch that looks toward a stage and bar area.
Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon is the latest entertainment venue from Bill Miller, founder of Icon Entertainment Group, which also operates the Johnny Cash Museum, the Patsy Cline Museum and other music-themed attractions. “We are thrilled and honored to introduce Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon to the world,” Miller said in a release. “It’s one of the most unique venues anywhere, anchored by one of the biggest and most beloved personalities in the history of entertainment.”
John Carter Cash noted that the restaurant offers his father’s favorite dishes. “I am thrilled about Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon,” he noted in a release about the restaurant. “Southern cooking was my father’s very life blood and tradition, and I firmly believe that it does not get better than this.”
Johnny Cash’s Kitchen & Saloon is located at 121 Third Avenue S. in downtown Nashville, adjacent to the Johnny Cash Museum. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. For more information, visit the venue’s website.
*All photos courtesy of PLA Media