Your Musicans Opening Restaurants News Roundup

Dan Gibson | April 3, 2008 5:00 am

When all the challenges of the music world have been conquered, the thoughts of our most prominent artists turn to the next challenge. What mountain to climb next? How can I make the world slightly better for my time here? Screw it, just open a restaurant instead.

That’s what Eddie Montgomery and Bootsy Collins said. (OK, I might be paraphrasing.)

Montgomery Gentry’s more-connected half broke ground on a venue in Harrodsburg, Ky., that’s going to combine a steakhouse with an entertainment complex.

The steakhouse will feature a lodge-style atmosphere, with a log-cabin exterior, stone fireplaces and waterfalls, with seating for 265 people. Eddie’s eatery will be one of the centerpieces in a larger complex, Skylar’s Landing, named after his granddaughter. The 40-acre location is expected to house numerous shopping outlets, in addition to its famous-named food destination.

Bootsy’s opening an entertainment complex as well, but the Cincinnati establishment will be anchored by… a tapas joint?

Bootsy’s, produced by Jeff Ruby, will be located in the former Uno’s on Walnut Street, across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The new establishment will include a Rock ‘n Roll museum on the downstairs level.

The restaurant is expected to open by fall and will feature Spanish tapas, or small plates, and sushi.

Best of luck to both establishments. However, both proprietors will have to go on somehow knowing they can, at best, be second fiddle to this place:

Eddie Montgomery Plans Well Done Steak Place [GAC] Ruby, Bootsy’s new club [The Enquirer]