Morgan Wallen’s Mom Fires Back At Nashville After Rejecting His Bar Sign

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Morgan Wallen’s much-anticipated Nashville bar, “This Bar & Tennessee Kitchen,” faced a few setbacks recently, leading to a delay in its grand opening over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Nashville Beer Board’s denial of catering and temporary permits, along with delays in approvals from the Fire Marshal and the Codes Department, prevented the planned opening of the bar, as confirmed by a restaurant group representative to Scoop: Nashville on May 24.

The controversy escalated when the developer, 4th Avenue Property LLC, encountered resistance from the Metro Nashville Council for an aerial encroachment permit for a 20-foot-tall sign intended for the bar. Despite their efforts, the council voted overwhelmingly against the sign’s installation, with 30 out of 37 members voting no, citing concerns over its encroachment on the city’s right of way.

Their decision to reject the sign was notably influenced by Morgan Wallen’s recent run-ins with the law and controversies, including his arrest last month for throwing a chair off Eric Church’s Nashville bar and a racial slur incident that occurred in January 2021. These incidents prompted heightened scrutiny and contributed to the postponement of the bar’s opening.

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The council’s firm stance was evident during their May 21 meeting, with many members expressing strong opposition, particularly referencing Wallen’s past actions. This included Council member Delishia Porterfield’s vocal disapproval, citing concerns over Wallen’s behavior and pending felony charges.

“I don’t want to see a billboard up with the name of a person who’s throwing chairs off of balconies and who is saying racial slurs.”

Furthermore, Council member Jordan Huffman reportedly stated that Wallen “doesn’t belong in this city,” which garnered various responses, including a subtle acknowledgment from the singer himself. A few days ago, Country Chord published a post about Huffman’s comments, which prompted a response from Morgan Wallen’s mother, Lesli, after she saw it.

In response to the council’s decisions and the ensuing controversy, Lesli Wallen stood up for her son’s contribution to the Nashville community.

“Way to go Morgan,” she commented. “The city of Nashville says ‘Thank you for all of your help bringing in millions of revenue.'”

This response comes amidst uncertainty regarding any potential reconsideration of the council’s decision or future appeals. Stay tuned for more updates.

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