Morgan Wallen’s Recent Arrest May Impact His Plans To Open Nashville Bar

(Left Photo) Morgan Wallen’s This Bar & Tennessee Kitchen / Instagram (Right Photo) David Lehr via Morgan Wallen / Instagram

Country singer Morgan Wallen was recently arrested on felony charges in Nashville.

Morgan Wallen faced three felony charges early Monday morning (April 8) for throwing a chair from the rooftop of Eric Church’s newly opened downtown Nashville bar, Chief’s, the previous night.

Morgan Wallen was taken into custody and released on bond later that evening.

WATCH: Footage Of Morgan Wallen Allegedly Throwing Chair Off The Rooftop Of Nashville Bar Released

Currently, the only communication from the singer or his team has been a brief statement released by his lawyer on Monday.

“At 10:53pm Sunday evening Morgan Wallen was arrested in downtown Nashville for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He is cooperating fully with authorities.”

Morgan Wallen is scheduled for his initial court appearance on May 3, as he prepares for the legal proceedings ahead. An expert in the field has provided some analysis on the potential outcomes he might encounter.

Earlier this year, Morgan Wallen revealed his plans to open a bar and restaurant in downtown Nashville, naming it This Bar And Tennessee Kitchen.

Now, after finding himself arrested at another bar, could that potentially jeopardize the future of his own establishment?

No official launch date has been set for his upcoming bar. However, given the recent felony charges, a Nashville lawyer suggests that it might be wise to expedite the filing process.

Rob Pinson, a partner and expert in alcohol licensing at the law firm Adams and Reese, discussed the challenges Morgan and his establishment might encounter with the NY Post.

“If Morgan is planning to be an owner, they might want to apply soon because having a felony conviction, which he does not currently have, could disqualify him from getting a liquor license.”

Pinson notes that if Morgan ends up with a felony on his record, it could potentially prevent his bar from obtaining a liquor license if he is indeed an owner.

Will Morgan Wallen face prison time following his April 7 arrest?
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In recent years, Broadway has seen significant corporate investment and has offered profitable licensing agreements to country music celebrities, enabling them to launch bars bearing their names.

The artists license their names and images to these companies, allowing the bars to display them prominently at the entrance.

Therefore, as Pinson points out, the crucial factor may hinge on whether Morgan truly owns the bar or if he is merely licensing his name for use on its facade.

“A lot of these celebrity-branded honky tonk deals are royalty based, and he could get royalties rather than being an owner. Deals like that receive less scrutiny than straight ownership and it likely won’t be an issue for him.”

Hopefully, for Wallen, this situation won’t turn into a significant obstacle. Time will ultimately reveal the outcome – stay tuned for updates!

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