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Chase Rice to Open New Bar on the Flats East Bank


Chase Rice is partnering with Forward Hospitality Group to announce brand-new entertainment venue Welcome To The Farm which is scheduled to open in December on the Flats East Bank in Cleveland.

Welcome To The Farm will occupy a 5,250 sq. foot space in the same building as Smokey’s BBQ and Saloon and will feature a center stage, capacity for 280 people, drinks, bar food and garage doors that open up to a patio overlooking the Cuyahoga River. Rice has been working with the design team for the venue to try and share a little bit about the

The venue will join other Forward Hospitality Group properties in the area including Good Night John Boy and FWD and will become part of the group’s growing list of entertainment venues that also includes Garden City, Kindred Spirit, Bell & Flower, 3 Palms and SeeSaw.

“We’ve been working on this for a while and I’m excited to finally let everyone in on the secret,” Rice shared. “I’ve had a blast learning about another side of the entertainment and hospitality industry and getting to put my stamp on things at Welcome to the Farm. I can’t wait to welcome y’all in December!”

The Ohio location is a natural fit for Rice, whose late father grew up in the Columbus area and played football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The platinum selling artist, Rice himself has enjoyed touring success in the region over the years performing at venues including Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, House of Blues in Cleveland and The Country Fest in North Lawrence, and frequently refers to the Buckeye State as one of his favorite places to perform.

“Not only is Ohio special to me as an artist and because of my dad’s connection to the area, but Cleveland itself is also a really inspiring city as a musician,” notes Rice. “It’s awesome to know that we’ll be just a mile down the road from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which is home to people like The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Tom Petty and so many more who have all had a huge impact on my career.”

With Welcome To The Farm, Rice plans to bring a little of the Country lifestyle of his Tennessee farm to the birthplace of Rock & Roll, just as the new single “If I Were Rock & Roll” continues to climb the country charts with the authenticity of the Cleveland-born genre.

PHOTO: Chase Rice performing at House of Blues in Cleveland (CCM Photo)

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