Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Support Establishment of Police Substation Near His Nashville Bar

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Back Construction of Police Substation Near Their New Nashville Bar

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood used their own funds to finance a police substation next to his Nashville barFriends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk, which officially opened its doors Thursday.

On Monday, the Metro Nashville Police Department posted a video on X (formerly Twitter), of some of their officers turning on a large blue “POLICE” sign in a ceremony to open up the office, located right on Broadway.

“[Chief of Police John] Drake just activated the blue POLICE substation sign next to @FriendsBarNash,” the post read. “@garthbrooks & @trishayearwood financed the build out of the space, and the sign, for our Entertainment District Unit officers.”

Garth Brooks, 62, partially unveiled his new bar in November in a bustling area of Nashville’s South Broadway District, but it officially opened its doors for full operation on Thursday.

The “Friends in Low Places” singer has consistently shown interest in involving local law enforcement with the establishment of the bar. Back in 2022, during the initial stages of construction, Brooks expressed a desire to finance a police station adjacent to his bar. As construction progressed last year, the plans for the station were underway.

“We created an Entertainment District Unit, and it needed a place to be able to operate, a place they could call their own and not go to Central Precinct,” said Chief Drake on Monday. “They could have a substation that’s all theirs.”

“It’s a time when people are somewhat disengaged. They can see, ‘Hey, people here are invested in us and invested in the great work that our men and women are doing.’ And it’s just an exciting time,” Drake expressed in the clip. “It’s a historical time to see this happen.”

“Friends in Low Places” is a significant addition to the Nashville entertainment district. Spanning four floors and over 54,000 square feet, the venue boasts the largest LED screen on Broadway. It is slated to host live performances and offer a food menu curated by Trisha’s Southern Kitchen host, 59.

The venue has already played host to several major events. In November, Brooks hosted an Amazon Music Live event where he performed some of his biggest hits and discussed the philosophy behind the bar, as well as his decision not to put his name on it.

Standing on the venue’s stage and addressing the crowd, Brooks remarked, “This town has been amazing to me. When this opportunity arose, the question was, does Garth Brooks owe Nashville? You bet Garth Brooks owes Nashville. So, I’m looking at Lower Broadway, thinking, it’s not that Garth Brooks is absent, but ‘Friends in Low Places’ is missing here… So that’s why it’s not the Garth Bar. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: You can like Garth Brooks. You cannot like Garth Brooks. Either way, chances are, you probably sang ‘Friends in Low Places.'”

“This is for those next guys,” Brooks emphasized, referring to the up-and-coming performers who will take the stage at the bar. “They get to come here and play. And I’ll admit this: It’s too nice!… There ain’t no honky-tonk I was raised in that looks like this, right?”

The Friends in Low Places Bar sparked controversy among conservatives in June 2023 when Brooks announced plans to sell Bud Light beer at the venue. This decision didn’t sit well with those who boycotted the alcohol company due to its collaboration with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

“I want it to be a place where you feel safe. I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another,” Brooks stated at the time. “And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are.”