An upscale honky-tonk whose owners include the granddaughter of deceased country music singer-songwriter Dottie West is looking to open with a bang around the Fourth of July.
Almost Famous also has hired an unidentified local chef from a prominent Nashville restaurant to oversee a menu of Southern American cuisine.
Work is underway to transform the three-story building at 110 Second Ave. N. into the bar and restaurant, whose name pays tribute to Nashville being a destination where singers and other musicians come to get discovered. The overall $7 million investment will include adding a 3,000-square-foot rooftop terrace to the building where Silver Dollar Saloon previously occupied a floor.
"I wanted to open a bar and restaurant downtown to cater not only to the tourists, but cater to the locals as well," said local real estate developer Scott Thompson, the majority owner of Almost Famous.
He described the concept as an upscale honky-tonk that also can deliver a date-worthy experience.
May West is the operating partner for the bar/restaurant ownership entity.