Will there be Wine in Time?

William T. Cheek IIIWilliam T. Cheek IIIElite liquor law expert and BoneLaw Attorney Will Cheek discusses the special bill the TN Legislature has passed to get wine in grocery stores by July 1, but at what cost to the consumer?

To watch the video on WSMV's Channel 4 News website, click here.

To keep up with the latest liquor law legislation and WIGS (wine in grocery stores), follow Will's blog, Last Call.

 

Client Launches Broadcasting Arm of the Acme Brand

Client,  Acme Feed and Seed, introduced Acme Radio in February.  This streaming-only station offers Acme's own live, unique music along with an alternative to traditional Nashville radio programming.  Owner Tom Morales lovingly refers to this as "Nashville's underbelly".    The idea is not world domination by streaming radio, but to give anyone who listens the opportunity to see what Nashville really is all about.

The station offers live radio shows, whether scheduled or impromptu as well as Vinyl Lunch, Pairs Well with Food,  B Hop Barribeau and more.

To read the entire Tennessean article, click here.

Middle Tennessee is Thirsty for Whiskey

This weekend's Tennessean was full of interesting details about the whiskey industry in Middle Tennessee, including the distilleries that make it and the bars that serve it.

It is only prudent that we discuss the spelling of whiskey before continuing.  The debate is real, folks.  This is a topic that has warranted discussion on blogs and articles all the way to the New York Times.

It would seem a generic rule of thumb is this:  countries with an "E" in their names, spell it WHISKEY (United States, Ireland) and countries without an "E" in their names spell it WHISKY (Japan, Canada, Scotland).

Several of our clients were mentioned in the articles, from Whiskey Nirvana to Give These Bars a Shot.

 

 

Total Wine & More is Making its Move to Tennessee

Total Wine And MoreTotal Wine And MoreTotal Wine & More, one of the largest wine retailers in the country and a BoneLaw client, is expanding into the Tennessee market this year.  As it stands, there are two stores slated to open in Middle Tennessee in 2016, one in Cool Springs and one in West Nashville.

This wine giant has plans to open eight to ten more stores across the state.

To read the full article in the Tennessean, click here.

Kung Fu Saloon in Nashville?

Photo Courtesy of www.kungfusaloon.comPhoto Courtesy of www.kungfusaloon.comWell this is exciting!  If it wasn't already obvious how the fabric of Nashville is changing and growing daily, this should clue you in.  Our client, Kung Fu Saloon, a bar and arcade, is opening on Division Street in Midtown this summer.

Midtown is the happening spot for many great watering holes and Kung Fu Saloon is no exception!  It joins the ranks of several greats - Broadway Brew House, The Patterson, Rebar. . .

Kung Fu Saloon describes itself as "part vintage arcade, part sports bar, and part late night dance party.  Kung Fu welcomes everyone on an equal basis without regard to race, color, or national origin."

We'll see you there!

To read the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

Bearded Iris, Alcoholic Beverage Team Client, opens in Germantown

Bearded IrisBearded IrisHello Lady Friend! You lovely fruity, spicy pale ale.   The Alcoholic Beverage Team of Bone McAllester Norton welcomes you and your friends to Germantown.

Bearded Iris offers a clever array of local, southern craft beer with unique brews new to the market.  The new brewery opens Saturday February 6, 2016 at its new 10,000 square foot establishment in Germantown, 101 Van Buren Street, 2 pm.

For more information about the Bearded Iris and its Murfreesboro native owners, Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye, click here.

For the full article in The Tennessean, click here.

 

The Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bone McAllester Norton offers a multi-disciplinary approach to not just licensing issues but the overall business success.  This Team provides federal, state and local licensing and regulatory compliance advice to clients in all tiers of the three-tier system.

We advise restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, resorts and venues with liquor, beer, dance, catering and special event licensing statewide in Tennessee. We also represent manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers of liquor, wine and beer with a special focus on manufacturing, importing and retail. We work with federal and state rules and regulations regarding advertising, marketing and commerce.

We regularly work with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and have worked directly with many of Tennessee’s 300+ local beer boards. We defend citations and assist with enforcement matters, administrative hearings and in-state court actions challenging existing ordinances and statutes and regulations. Working with registered lobbyists, we draft state and local liquor legislation.

Our attorneys in real estate, construction, labor and employment, as well as in general corporate and tax matters, routinely provide practical, cost-efficient advice to our licensing clients. Taxation is a critical issue for licensees and permittees, and clients routinely request our assistance with compliance. The attorneys in the Alcoholic Beverage group have areas of focus that are complementary to their liquor law practice. We strive to be a one-stop shop.

Alcoholic Beverage team client Harvest Wine featured in StyleBlueprint

Bone McAllester Norton client Harvest Wine is featured in StyleBlueprint on great wines for the holiday that are sure to dazzle and under $15! Click here to read more.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Liquor Lawyer Lectures

Will Cheek, Bone McAllester Norton Alcoholic Beverage Team Leader, entertained Vanderbilt law students at the Cork and Tap Society mixer at Bone client Corsair Artisan Distillery and the third year Food System seminar class at Bone client Jackalope Brewing.  Will explained the history of liquor law and current federal and Tennessee legal systems to law school students at both events.  Will and the students enjoyed mixing education with liquor, including tours of the distillery and brewery!

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Team Client OneC1TY Lands Anchor Restaurant Tenant

Bone McAllester Norton client OneC1TY brings a “town-hall” style dining Italian restaurant to their 19 acre campus in Nashville.  Pastaria is scheduled to open next summer.

 

Read more on the Tennessean here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

 

 

 

Tennessee Distillers Guild Website Goes Live

The Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bone McAllester Norton has been helping the Tennessee Distillers Guild since its inception. We are proud to see the Guild launch its website with early efforts to promote the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. The Tennessee Whiskey Trail has a potentially huge draw for millennial and other key tourism for the state.

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Chicago Craft Beercade Bar Coming to Nashville

Headquarters Beercade Nashville is coming to downtown’s Broadway strip later this year. Owned by Chicago-based hospitality management and ownership company Capacity Bar Group, the Nashville location will the organization’s third venue and the first outside of its hometown. Owners say it will feature 16 rotating lines of draft beer, signature craft cocktails, bar-type food and pinball and arcade games from the ‘80s and early ‘90s, including Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. The specific location has yet to be revealed.

Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team is working with Capacity Bar Group on their beer and liquor licensing needs.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Whole Foods Germantown Opens

Today marks the opening of the new Whole Foods in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tenn. Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team provided the licensing for the store. Among favorite features are La Creperie, which offers sweet and savory crepes; a charcuterie carve; an upstairs loft; and Kei Jei Kitchens, which serves Japanese/Korean fusion dishes.

Read more from the Memphis Flyer here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Ink-N-Iron Celebrates a New Weird Americana

Last weekend, Bicentennial Mall was the site for the first ever Ink-N-Iron Nashville festival. The four-day event is what organizers call a celebration and reflection of the bizarre, paying tribute to alternative art, commerce, culture and music in the early 21st century. With nearly 280 internationally renowned tattoo artists, a custom car and motorcycle show, a retro pinup contest and musical acts ranging from classic honky tonk and rockabilly to country punk and post-hardcore punk, Ink-N-Iron offered something for nearly every taste.

This was the first year the festival has not been held in Long Beach, Calif. Event organizers saw the potential for growing the festival into much more by moving it to Nashville, which is known for embracing all types of live music.

Bone McAllester Norton’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team provided the liquor and beer licensing for the event.

Read more from the Nashville Scene here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Old Forge Distillery Celebrates History with a Focus on the Future

In the spring of 2013, a huge change to liquor laws in Tennessee happened, allowing once prohibited distilleries across the state to finally open. Long before then, though, distillers and those interested in the craft had dreams of producing spirits, mainly moonshine. The masterminds behind Old Forge Distillery, located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., were some of those lobbying for the new legislation.

Prior to 2013, only a handful of distilleries existed in Tennessee, and many of those were located in a few isolated clusters. When the legislation passed, though, provisions governing where distilleries may be located were loosened, opening the floodgates to moonshine enthusiasts. Distilleries could now open in areas with premier tourist attractions, where liquor could be sold in both restaurants and liquor stores, and where distilling had historically taken place (though distilling sites have to be listed with the National Register of Historic Places and have to possess a record of distilling). Pigeon Forge, a popular vacation destination in East Tennessee, was one city that became eligible for a distillery under the 2013 law. When the Old Forge guys approached Bone McAllester Norton PLLC attorney Robert D. Pinson, who focuses his Alcoholic Beverage Law practice on laws for distilleries, this law was still being lobbied. They knew they would have to wait to open, which they chose to do. What they did not do, though, was sit on their laurels.

“We knew there was a wave in this industry that was heating up, and we wanted to jump on it,” said Kris Tatum, general manager of Old Forge Distillery.

Without any formal knowledge or experience in the spirits business, they did know one thing: They wanted their moonshine to be different. Old Forge’s 1830 Original is entirely handmade because they want you to taste the various grain flavors – corn, wheat and/or rye.  Many of their flavors are Grain Neutral Spirits (GNS), liquor distilled up to 95 percent alcohol by volume to ensure maximum flavorlessness of grain. Old Forge wants you to taste the specific flavor on the label and not the grain used to make it.

“Since we really did not know much, we turned to other distilleries in Tennessee, who helped us tremendously before we opened. We have become a brotherhood. There is just great camaraderie among us,” Tatum said. They also visited with those in the industry in cities like Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville, Ky., became their second home. There, attendees can collaborate with experts on everything from creating to prototyping and distilling spirits of all kinds. It was there they learned the science behind what they wanted to make.

After the legislation passed in 2013, they went straight to work, constructing Old Forge in a historic barn that housed a farm supply store more than 100 years ago. Old Forge is named after the iron forge that brought about the Pigeon Forge community. Every aspect of their spirits is done by hand, including grains grown right on their land.

“We are very open about our process, and we have a personable aspect about our distillery,” Tatum said. “When visitors come here, they get a little show. They see the entire process from start to finish—mash being put into a still, the product running through bottling spouts and the labels being put on the bottles. We have fun doing what we do, and I think that shows when folks come to see us.”

That personable aspect is one of the differentiating factors between Old Forge and other distilleries. Not only does Head Distiller Keener Shanton, a hometown guy turned-distiller-from-firefighter, craft the spirits while answering questions and explaining what he does while he’s working, he also teams with local bartenders to find out the kinds of products they want. . .and then he heads back to the distillery to make those very things. Everyone at Old Forge is also committed to educating their consumers. They want people to know what they are drinking and why it tastes the way it does.

Old Forge Distillery opened June 27, 2014. Since then, more than a million visitors have walked through their doors. They currently offer nine varieties of moonshine, including 1830 Original, made from pure mountain spring water and grains ground at the Old Mill next door to the distillery, as well as six flavored moonshines inspired by the recipes from The Old Mill Kitchens. Tennessee Roots is a line of innovative 80-proof, small-batch spirits they are working on releasing next. Old Forge’s line can be found in liquor stores in Knoxville and Chattanooga now. Tatum and his team are working to get distribution in middle and eastern Kentucky, as well as in Nashville, soon.

“I love what I do,” Tatum said. “We are experiencing history in the distilling business. From the law that passed that allowed us to open, to what’s on the horizon, we are on the cusp of something big with what we can do with Tennessee whiskey. It’s an exciting time.”

Stone Fox is Home to Nashville’s Newest—and Hottest—Drag Show

Bone McAllester Norton client the Stone Fox hosts the newest drag show in Nashville, SheHaw, which has taken off since it started just a few weeks ago. Drawing from the country antics from the TV show Hee Haw, SheHaw uses jokes and funny sketches in its banter between its queens. The show’s two founders, “Tammy Whynot” and “Minnie Pearl Necklace,” are known for pushing the limits—something not done in the city’s current drag show line-up.

Bonelaw’s Alcoholic Beverage Law team provides the liquor and beer licensing for the Stone Fox.

Read more about the show from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Bonelaw Helps Open Tin Roof in Memphis

The owners of Tin Roof, a regional chain of restaurants that began in Nashville in 2002, has a new home: Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. Bonelaw’s liquor law attorneys provided the licensing for the restaurant.

Tin Roof Memphis opened last week in what was once the Hard Rock at the east end of Beale Street. Though the chain is now in 13 cities, each restaurant pays homage to the city in which it resides. For the Memphis location, that means “On the Trail of Elvis” bar peanuts, catfish BLT and a Beale St. blues burger. Just like all of the Tin Roof restaurants, this one will also feature live music seven nights a week.

Read more from the Memphis Flyer here.

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Tucker Herndon Gives Tips on How to Legally Open a Bar

Bonelaw attorney Tucker Herndon is quoted about liquor licensing in an article posted on NerdWallet.com, a source for financial products an advice. The article addresses how to clear legal hurdles when opening a bar. While bar owners have to work with local, state and federal regulations, knowing what to do ahead of time can save these businesses from headaches and financial stresses.

Forming a limited liability company and knowing your state’s laws are just two of the tips given in the article.

Tucker is a member of the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law practice and provides counsel to many of the city’s most well-known bars and restaurants. He recently helped open the George Jones Museum.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Chef Arnold Myint is a Contestant on “Food Network Star”

Nashville chef and Bonelaw liquor licensing client Arnold Myint is a contestant on the 11th season of Food Network Star, which premieres at 8 p.m. this Sunday. Myint is known for local favorites International Market, PM, blvd and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. Contestants vie for a contract to host their own show.

The Tennessean features more on Myint, including his alter ego, Suzy Wong, in an article that was posted this week.

Read more here.

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 38 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Wine Tasting Room Now Open at the Fontanel

The Alcoholic Beverage Law team at Bone McAllester Norton serves as advisers for the licensing at the Fontanel, the former 186-acre estate of country star Barbara Mandrell, which boasts an inn, restaurants, outdoor amphitheater, trails, greenways and a zip line. The property is also now home to the Natchez Hills Winery tasting room inside the Pepsi Studio Gallery. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Natchez Hills Winery is located in Hohenwald, Tenn., about 85 miles southeast of the Fontanel.

Read more from the Tennessean here.

 

 

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Tucker Herndon and Bonelaw Team Overcome Hurdles to Open George Jones Museum

Legislature Honors George Jones with New Liquor Bill

Country music fans can now celebrate the life and legacy of George Jones, one of country music’s greatest artists, at the George Jones Museum, thanks to his wife, Nancy Jones. The newly renovated George Jones Museum opened its doors on 2nd Avenue with a red-carpet event on April 23rd, 2015. The grand opening date was set in stone from the time Nancy first met with attorney Tucker Herndon. Nancy wanted the Museum to open on the second anniversary of her late husband’s death. What ensued in those six short months is what Tucker calls a “helluva ride.”

For Nancy to open the newly renovated George Jones Museum, Tennessee laws had to be rewritten. She wanted to open a museum to celebrate the life and legacy of George Jones, “The Possum,” and create a stand-alone restaurant and rooftop bar, a state-of-the-art event and catering facility, and a retail package store to sell George Jones’ own White Lightning Moonshine and vodka — all of which were achieved. With the help of lobbyists at Windrow-Phillips Group, Tucker and fellow Bonelaw attorney Will Cheek worked to draft legislation, secure sponsors for the proposed bill, ran it through committees in the House and the Senate at the State Legislature, and got the bill passed and signed, all within a few weeks. Most liquor bills that aren’t favorable to wholesalers and retailers immediately die on the floor, but this particular bill received more votes than any other liquor law in the last 40 years. Tucker credits Nancy Jones’s personal involvement at the Legislature as the reason why.

“I brought Nancy to the Hill. We created an ‘office’ by a blue trashcan at the end of the hall in Legislative Plaza so she could talk to our state senators and representatives about this bill. When she began telling them stories about George, they became immediate fans,” he said.

While Tucker and the Alcoholic Beverage Team at Bonelaw were working around-the-clock drafting legislation, multiple beer and liquor license applications and proper state and local registration/compliance requirements, he and Kirk West were also going through checklists of everything else that had to be done. That included meeting with the health and fire departments, making sure the building passed codes, and guiding plumbers, electricians, and restauranteurs to carry out Nancy’s wishes. All of this took place in the middle of a total rehabilitation of the 50,000+ square-foot building.

One of the takeaways Tucker has from this experience is to do whatever it takes to get the job done for your client.  Because of a change of plans, deadlines were a moving target.  One afternoon, when the final beer permit application needed to be filed, a snag in the process could have kept that from happening, thus delaying the grand opening of the Museum. Tucker grabbed the paperwork, along with paralegal Jennifer Maxey, jumped into a cab, and arrived at the beer board two minutes before they closed for the day. The stars aligned, and the beer and dance permits were filed and accepted despite such short notice.  “These are things they don’t teach you in law school . . . but man, it has been an incredible journey,” he said.

The George Jones Museum prides itself for having the best rooftop bar, restaurant, retail store, top-notch catering, event space, and museum, which boasts thousands of artifacts ranging from musical instruments and stage outfits to rifles, awards, and the 1954 cherry red Chevy truck with a custom “Possum” paint job. And that state law that the Bonelaw team helped change? Well, it allowed the purchase of official George Jones White Lightning Moonshine and George Jones vodka to be purchased on-site.

“It’s been great working with Nancy on this project,” Tucker said. “We are excited the restaurant, bar, and museum are open to the public and that we had a hand in helping Nancy achieve a few of George’s dreams, including the ability to sell White Lightning Moonshine. Most importantly, the facility combines all aspects and gives others the chance to get a glimpse into a life that shaped so much of country music.”