In the hills of Gatlinburg, Tennessee lies Ole Red, the manifestation of country music legend Blake Shelton’s vision of an all-in-one destination for country music lovers. A restaurant that was created by a celebrity might seem like a gimmick, but Ole Red has a careful approach to the entire restaurant experience that makes it clear that it’s a legitimately good restaurant that is worth coming to. In fact, the Gatlinburg location is the third Ole Red restaurant to open - the first and second are in Nashville and in Oklahoma respectively - so you can expect to enjoy an experience that has been perfected over the years since the first Ole Red restaurant opened its doors.
The Ole Red Atmosphere
Ole Red Restaurant is a popular place where you can experience live country music and indulge in delicious food and beverages. The decorations are also unique - not only are there a series of guitars that adorn the walls, but a tractor hangs from the ceiling, and hand-painted art adorns the wall. Even if you’re not specifically a fan of country music or Blake Shelton, you’ll still find the ambiance to be appealing and fun.
If you are a Blake Shelton fan, there are some other features that you’ll be excited about like the store where you can buy merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, CDs, and more. You can also purchase spice blends from Ole Red’s own collection and take a taste of the restaurant back home with you.
Live Music & Entertainment
One of the most exciting parts of Ole Red is the music venue that’s attached to the restaurant. You can experience live music there on most nights from a variety of artists. Blake Shelton himself played a show on the opening night of the restaurant, and many other artists have played here since it first opened. On occasion, Ole Red hosts open mic audition nights where local artists can perform and gain some recognition. Some of the artists who have particularly good auditions at these performances go on to play recurring gigs at the venue. In fact, Blake Shelton has said that he specifically hopes that this venue can be the launching point for new talent.
If you come solely for a meal you won’t be disappointed by the excellent southern staples and unexpected options that are on the menu. For example, you can try options such as pulled pork tater tot poutine and corned beef topped turkey burgers. Local beers and craft cocktails are also available to sip on while you’re enjoying the atmosphere of Ole Red. You can also add a side order of Velveeta beer cheese to anything else on the menu which proves to be an excellent dipping sauce for fries as well as other foods you can order here. There are also vegan and vegetarian menu options that are not typically seen when a restaurant features southern fare.
Ole Red is a great restaurant that provides a unique and welcoming atmosphere. It’s a popular destination but there are plenty of options for seating within the multi-story establishment. Make a reservation at Ole Red today and experience the exciting country ambiance for yourself!