Nashville honky-tonk bar owners are seeking a temporary restraining order against Metro officials, a federal filing shows.

The filing is the latest move by some owners of popular bars to push back against restrictions placed on the establishments by officials as they seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The owners, including Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse owner Steve Smith, are facing off against leaders as tensions mount.

The plaintiffs are seeking a restraining order against Mayor John Cooper, Nashville Director of Health Dr. Michael C. Caldwell and the Metro Beer Board after they say they’ve suffered harm because of the forced bar closures amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

They want to be excluded from the local order requiring the temporary closure of Nashville bars for at least two weeks after health officials announced that a cluster of at least 30 coronavirus cases were linked to bars. Under the order, restaurants were allowed to remain open with some restrictions as the city rolled back to a modified Phase 2.

Story by Brinley Hineman, Nashville Tennessean Read MORE HERE

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