Tootsie's renames alley Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Alley - WKRN News 2

Tootsie's renames alley Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Alley


Tootsie's is taking back the alley between its world famous honky-tonk and the Ryman Auditorium, renaming it Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Alley.

Tootsie's owner Steve Smith and others were on hand for the announcement and unveiling of a neon sign Wednesday morning.

"The neon sign we have unveiled today is the original sign that hung for nearly 60 years, reminding the Opry stars where to come for a good time after their Opry performance," Smith said.

In the early days, Tootsie's back door had the enviable location, just across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium, then-home to the Grand Ole Opry.

Since the Mother Church of Country Music didn't have a whole lot of space back stage, her little sister Tootsie's filled the need.

A radio was used to call the next artist at Tootsie's, and that was their cue to walk across the alley to the Ryman for their performance.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in 1960.

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