Icon Entertainmentâ€™s Bill Miller announced that he will open a 15,000 square foot downtown food and beverage venue anchored by the legendary Johnny Cash brand.
Miller will soon reveal full details of the concept which is called Johnny Cashâ€™s Kitchen and Saloon. Miller promises that the venue, located next to the Johnny Cash Museum, will be a unique and welcome addition to downtown Nashville.
â€œIâ€™m beyond thrilled to expand our extremely successful relationship with the Cash Estate through this ground-breaking food and beverage concept,â€ says Icon Entertainment CEO Bill Miller. â€œMy relationship with the Cash family extends to nearlyÂ my entireÂ life, and thereâ€™s no greater pleasure for me and my family than continuing our partnership well into the future. The impression Johnny Cash left on Nashville is indelible and this venture further confirms that his presence will be a dominant force here for many years to come.â€
Cathy Sullivan, representative of The John R. Cash Trust said, â€œOn behalf of the Cash family and estate, I am honored and excited to have this additional alliance with Bill Miller to expand celebrating the lives of John and June Cash.Â Johnny CashÂ is still a vibrant force in the Nashville community and beyond. It is a fitting tribute to bring this unique venue where families and friends may gather in a way that brings new life to the Cash family style of entertaining.â€
Johnny and June Cash were known for their warmth, hospitality and authenticity to anyone who ever enjoyed a meal at their home. Surrounded by rugged, rough-hewn ceiling timbers, stone walls, slate floors and the finest European antiques, oriental rugs and priceless decorative artifacts, Johnny and June put everyone at ease when you sat down to experience one of their legendary food spreads. Whether it was ham and biscuits and sweet tea or a fancy multi-course dinner served on Juneâ€™s elegant China and silver settings, you could count on the home-cooked food being just as authentic and satisfying as the hospitality itself. No one left the Cashâ€™s table hungry.
Johnny Cashâ€™s Kitchen and Saloon will follow that tradition by providing great, fresh food representing the best of what authentic, unpretentious Southern food has to offer.
â€œIn collaboration with another Nashville legend, the Swettâ€™s family, we will serve traditional Southern Meat and Three fare (with a little Soul Food tossed in for good measure) prepared and served fresh every day on the premises,â€ Miller said.
David Swett, owner of Swettâ€™s, has collaborated on the project having provided kitchen and menu design as well as recipes and employee training for the kitchen.
The new venue is anticipated to open in late Spring 2019.
About Icon Entertainment:
Icon Entertainment was founded by celebrated entrepreneur and real estate investor Bill Miller. The company currently owns and operates the Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, Nudieâ€™s Honky Tonk, House of Cards and Skullâ€™s Rainbow Room in Nashville, Tenn.Â Icon has also acquired commercial real estate totaling in six properties and over 110,000 square feet in downtown Nashville. To date, Iconâ€™s establishments have welcomed millions of patrons since it first opened the Johnny Cash Museum in April 2013. Outlets like National Geographic, Marie Claire, Conde Nastâ€™s Traveler, USA Today, AAA, TripAdvisor, Forbes, Time, Rolling Stone, Southern Living, etc. have all honored their establishments with distinctions solidifying their foothold as must visit attractions and dining experiences in Music City.
The Swett family opened the doors to their restaurant, a bonafide Nashvilleâ€™s institution, in 1954 on Clifton Avenue. Countless politicians, entertainers, civic leaders and ordinary people have made Swettâ€™s a true bustling melting pot to this day. To discover more information about the Swettâ€™s family tradition in Music City, visitwww.swettsrestaurant.com.
About Johnny Cash:
Johnny Cash is one of the most iconic and applauded voices in American music.Â Selling more than 90 million records, Johnny, born J. R. Cash, has been inducted into the Country Music, Gospel Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fames. Known worldwide as the â€œMan in Black,â€ Cash catapulted up the charts with hits like â€œI Walk The Line,â€ â€œRing of Fire,â€ â€œFolsom Prison Blues,â€ â€œOne Piece at a Time,â€ â€œA Boy Named Sue,â€ â€œOrange Blossom Special,â€ etc. His success would lead to The Johnny Cash Show, a primetime network variety show on ABC, which welcomed acts such as James Taylor, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young. In addition to his award winning solo career, he recorded regularly with his wife June Carter Cash and saw commercial success as The Highwaymen, a country group featuring Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. He continued to release records and receive Grammy wins into the early 2000s with his final recordings under Rick Rubin at American Recordings.Â In 2002, â€œHurtâ€ introduced a whole new generation to his music when he released the music video and recording of the Nine Inch Nails tune. Throughout his career, he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996 and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2001. Cash passed away at the age of 71 in September 2003.Â Two years after his death, his life was the subject of the biographical film â€œWalk The Lineâ€ that would garner Golden Globe and Academy Awards.