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AMS Industries’ Joe Martineck And Ricky Jackett On Chief’s, One Of Nashville’s Newest Celebrity Bars


Nashville is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities — and it’s only getting more popular.

In 2022, more than 14 million people flocked to the Music City for its iconic arts and entertainment scene, lively nightlife and Southern charm. One spot in particular drawing in crowds is Broadway, the city’s main street that is packed with entertainment venues, restaurants, museums and tourists in cowboy boots. 

One of Broadway’s next additions is Chief’s, country singer Eric Church’s new bar, music venue and restaurant. Scheduled for delivery next year, Church will join a long list of country stars to have opened bars and restaurants on Broadway, including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert.

Together with AJ Capital Partners and Bell Construction Co., AMS Industries, a full-service mechanical, electrical and plumbing provider, has worked to make Chief’s one of the city’s most anticipated new attractions.

“AMS recently opened its Nashville office last year, and while we’re working on building our team, we’re also focused on delivering high-quality work,” said Joe Martineck, associate vice president at AMS Industries Nashville. “Working with our partners on this unique project and building relationships with local developers and construction firms has been a wonderful experience.”

Founded 60 years ago in Chicago, AMS Industries offers construction services, service and maintenance, and design and engineering services. The firm now has four offices in Illinois, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Named after one of Church’s most popular albums, Chief’s will be five stories, with a sixth story featuring a rooftop barbecue restaurant headed up by award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott, Martineck said. The venue will also be home to a two-story concert hall and a studio for live radio broadcasting. 

The AMS team is in charge of handling all of the mechanical, plumbing and controls for the project. Chief’s is currently in the process of getting the top floor poured. Once that and the fireproofing is complete, Martineck said they will be looking at doing one floor per week, as far as all of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in goes.

“Right now, we’re working on a quick schedule,” said Ricky Jackett, general manager at AMS Industries. “The project is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2024, and we are excited to see how it will transform Broadway and the Nashville music scene.”

Jackett said that as the former home of souvenir shop Cotton Eyed Joe, the building is a downtown Nashville staple. That’s why keeping the building's facade and the original walls intact was important to the owners and to maintaining the charm and character of historic downtown Nashville.

“The historical aspect of this project definitely posed some challenges, but working creatively and collaboratively with all parties involved in the project has been a seamless process, allowing the project to be delivered early next year,” Jackett said.

As AMS continues to expand its operations in the Nashville area, the team has made it its goal to continue to build relationships with local contractors and to staff its office with top-notch industry professionals while delivering a high-quality product, Martineck said. 

“We’ve expanded because a lot of our business is through relationships,” Martineck said. “A lot of the relationships we had up north had ties to this area, and there was a need for some quality MEP providers. We thought that if we head down to Nashville and do things the right way and find the right people, we could be successful if we focus on quality. We look forward to forging relationships with local construction firms, owners and developers.”

This article was produced in collaboration between AMS Industries and Studio B. Bisnow news staff was not involved in the production of this content.

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