Larry’s Country Diner closes before opening

By Tom Wood

Plans for a real-life Larry’s Country Diner restaurant to be built in Bellevue are no longer on the front burner. They’re still simmering but could be off the stove entirely. The project – based on a popular cable television show of the same name that is hosted by former WSM disc jockey Larry Black – sits half-finished at the Highway 70 exit just off Interstate 40.

It was Black’s dream four years ago to build a show-themed restaurant in much the same way country legend Ray Stevens is currently building his CabaRay Showroom dinner club just off Charlotte Pike two exits closer to Nashville after first launching the successful CabaRay Nashville syndicated TV show.

But Black, who was seriously injured in an ATV accident in Montana in late June 2015, says his project got way too expensive to build and the property has been up for sale.

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