Oh, we knew this kind of news was going to shake up the Smokies the moment it hit, we just didn’t know it was coming! Music superstar, and definitely a major favorite for a lot of locals here, Blake Shelton will be opening a branch of his restaurant “Ole Red” here in Gatlinburg, TN!

An announcement was made in late March on Facebook Live by Shelton himself as well as Colin Reed, CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. Ole Red is named after Shelton’s “Ol’ Red” song from his 2002 self-titled debut album (although the song was written much earlier by James “Bo” Bohan, Don Goodman and Mark Sherrill). It will open where the Riverbend Mall is currently located (and expected to be renovated to become the attraction restaurant). The restaurant is projected to open in mid-2019.

Shelton writes in a press release: “Gatlinburg is one of my all-time favorite places. This part of the country is full of people who love good food, great music, family and most importantly, a good time. That’s what Ole Red is all about, and I can’t wait to give my fans another place to have fun in Gatlinburg.”

Ole Red is expected to be a music venue as well as a restaurant. One location in Tishomingo, OK, is already open and features the following meals:

* The Bull!
* Basic Cheeseburger
* Good Ole Onion Burger
* Ranch Chicken Sandwich
* Roasted Turkey Club
* Big Bowl of Brisket & Bison Chili
* Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffle
* Fried Catfish
* Brisket Tacos
* Yard Bird Pasta

A full menu and more information on Ole Red’s restaurant can be found at http://www.olered.com/tishomingo/.

This article cites https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/2018/03/21/blake-shelton-ryman-open-ole-red-venue-bar-restaurant-gatlinburg-tennessee/446626002/ as its source.