Luke Combs has officially revealed the name of his upcoming bar and music venue in downtown Nashville, and it carries a meaningful connection to his initial breakthrough in country music.
In a video shared across his social media platforms, Combs excitedly discloses that the establishment will be known as Category 10.
“Obviously, as you guys know, the strongest a hurricane can be is Category 5, so we figured we’d double it and make it Category 10,” Combs shares in the video.
He goes on to express, “It’s gonna be an awesome honky-tonk, downtown Nashville. Food. Spirits. You name it. Whatever you want, we’re gonna have it. It’s gonna be so much fun. I can’t wait for this thing to open. I can’t wait to see you guys there.”
The hurricane-inspired name pays homage to Combs’ debut single, “Hurricane,” which not only marked his first No. 1 hit but has also achieved an impressive 9x Platinum certification by the RIAA.
Combs chose the Grand Ole Opry as the backdrop to announce this exciting venture, revealing that the bar opening is a collaboration with Opry Entertainment Group. Colin Reed, the executive chairman of Ryman Hospitality Properties, further elaborated on the name’s significance.
“The Category 10 name symbolizes the sheer, undeniable power of Luke’s voice, songwriting, and career, and just like Luke, this venue will be an off-the-charts experience unlike anything elsedowntown,” stated Reed in a press release, as reported by The Tennessean.
Situated at 120 2nd Avenue N., the Category 10 bar will take over the former location of The Wildhorse Saloon. Spanning 69,000 square feet across three interior floors and a rooftop, the venue is poised to accommodate over 3,000 patrons.
The diverse entertainment spaces within Category 10 include The Honky-Tonk stage, The Main Stage, The Sports Bar, The Still, and The Eye (the proposed rooftop). Inspired by Combs’ passions for music, songwriting, whiskey, and sports, the venue aims to become a vibrant hub for live music, featuring performances by high-profile touring acts and songwriters alike.
According to The Tennessean, the Category 10 bar is set to open in phases, with the first phase commencing in the summer of 2024.