Ray Stevens has taken the next step in prepping his previously announced 27,000-square-foot entertainment venue, CabaRay, which is set to debut in 2017. Stevens received his building permit to begin construction on the facility, located at 5724 River Road in Nashville.

The live music venue will include a 700-seat showroom for live concerts. The showroom area will include a dining area, a full-service kitchen, bar areas upstairs and downstairs, ticket and management offices, restrooms and a gift shop. Parking will be available for about 275 vehicles and several tour buses. Stevens is developing the property with Parkes Construction Co. handling the construction.

“These things take time to move through the system,” says Stevens. “We hit a snag or two while waiting for approval to start building but I’m pleased to say that we’ve been cleared to begin construction on CabaRay!”


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