Nashville City Council Denies Sign Outside Morgan Wallen's New Bar

May 23, 2024 - News

Nashville City Council has rejected placing a large sign outside Morgan Wallen’s new bar, citing the singer’s previous “harmful actions”.

Morgan Wallen’s bar on Broadway is set to open this Memorial Weekend, but it won’t feature a large, lit-up sign indicating where patrons should go. As The Tennessean reports, on Tuesday (21 May), the Nashville City Council denied the plans and placement of a 20-foot sign advertising “Morgan Wallen’s This Bar & Kitchen.”

The council voted 30-3 to deny the sign. Four council members abstained from the vote. Wallen and his peers, who have opened bars on Broadway, require approval from the council to place a sign over a public right of way. In this case, the sign would’ve featured in one of the city’s most popular districts.

On Tuesday, Council member Delishia Porterfield – who argued against the sign being constructed outside Wallen’s new bar – referenced Wallen’s recent history of allegedly throwing a chair off a six-floor building and nearly injuring police officers, as well as his past use of alleged racial slurs.

“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,” Porterfield said.

This Bar, a nod to Wallen’s hit song of the same name, is set to pay homage to “all things Tennessee”. Cocktails, whiskey, beer, wine, and more will be offered.

Last month, Wallen addressed the alleged chair-throwing incident at Eric Church’s bar, Chiefs, admitting that he wasn’t proud of his behaviour.

“I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks,” Wallen wrote on social media. “I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behavior, and I accept responsibility.”

The Last Night singer was arrested after he allegedly threw a chair from the sixth floor of Eric Church’s bar, Chiefs. The chair landed on the floor just three feet from where Metro Police officers were standing (per Billboard).

Wallen received three class E felony charges of reckless endangerment and a misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct.

Wallen’s last arrest happened in 2020 after disorderly, intoxicated conduct at Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk also landed him in hot water. The alleged incident at Chiefs happened just days after the bar celebrated its grand opening.

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