If you’re a fan of Southern food, country music, and Gatlinburg, TN, we’ve got some exciting news to share. Country superstar Blake Shelton is bringing his Ole Red restaurant franchise to the Smokies! It was recently announced that the third Ole Red venue will be located right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg at 511 Parkway. The restaurant is expected to open in the spring of 2019.
In the official press release, Shelton said, “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.”
Here at Stony Brook Cabins, we’ve been closely following all the news surrounding Ole Red’s arrival in Gatlinburg. Read on to learn everything we know about the new restaurant.
About the Ole Red Franchise
Blake Shelton opened his first Ole Red location in his hometown of Tishomingo, OK in September of 2017. The restaurant takes its name from Shelton’s hit song, “Ol’ Red,” which tells the story of a prison bloodhound that the warden uses to track down inmates who try to make a break for it. This summer, Shelton launched his second Ole Red venue in the country music capital of the world, Nashville, TN.
Both Ole Red locations have built a reputation for hosting great music, which is no surprise given their owner. In fact, Shelton and his famous friends have been known to perform at his restaurants! Blake has already played three concerts at Ole Red Tishomingo and he staged a special grand opening concert at the Nashville location. We hope this means that Shelton will be appearing at Ole Red Gatlinburg once it opens!
About Ole Red Gatlinburg
Ole Red Gatlinburg promises to be a can’t-miss destination in the Smoky Mountains. Located steps away from the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, Hillbilly Harley-Davidson, and Doc Collier Moonshine, the new 16,000 square foot venue will cost $9 million to renovate. Plans for Ole Red Gatlinburg include a two-story restaurant and bar, exterior terrace, performance space, dance floor, and retail area.
The menu at Ole Red Gatlinburg will be “chef-driven” and “Shelton-inspired,” focusing on Nashville specialties like Hot Chicken & Waffles as well as burgers, BBQ, and other beloved Southern dishes. The Ole Red Nashville restaurant is headed by a James Beard Award-winning chef, so we expect that the Gatlinburg location will boast a chef with an equally impressive background.
While they eat, guests at Ole Red Gatlinburg will enjoy spectacular live entertainment from the area’s best up-and-coming musicians. The venue will feature state-of-the-art performance equipment, including concert-quality sound and production capabilities and numerous LED screens.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg
When you stay with Stony Brook Cabins, you will be just a short drive from all of the wonderful restaurants, shops, and attractions in downtown Gatlinburg. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 6 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals!