"When I first saw the room, I said to myself, this is perfect." - Dan Nolen
Currently owned by Mr. Dan R. Nolen and Mr. Charlie Hendon, Smith's Olde Bar opened its doors in 1994 and has continued to be one of Atlanta's most historic spots, having hosted some of the most prominent names in music today including:
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
Band of Horses
Kings of Leon
Zack Brown Band
The catalyst behind Smith's Olde Bar, Mr. Dan R. Nolen, simply fell into the bar and music bussiness with his intoxicating personality alone. In his experience, Mr. Nolen has worked with some brilliant men you may have heard of:
Dan Nolen with The Allman Brothers
"...Those close encounters have continued on throughout my whole career with not only great artists and songwriters, but brilliant men."
According to Mr. Nolen, when he found the location for Smith’s Olde Bar, it was “a sitting duck.” It was just waiting for him. He was drawn not only to it’s history as the first strip mall in Atlanta built in 1927, but to the excitement of the current owner, Mrs. Beverly Taylor, as she was ecstatic to place SOB in the building her father built.
Prior to opening the doors in 1994, there was still the nagging issue of the name and logo. After much pondering and many designs being vetoed, Dan and his partner, Mike Reeves, finally agreed to a design that embodied these two men perfectly… the derby, the cigar, the glasses, and the cunning grin became known as the infamous “Smitty”. Down the road, the partners faced a much bigger battle than the naming of “Smitty”. Smith’s Olde Bar was being threatened to close.
After the passing of the beloved Mrs. Beverly Taylor, the building that housed Smith’s was being sold and Mr. Nolen was being told with a fury to vacate. With rumors circulating about the demise of Smith’s Olde Bar, Mr. Nolen put up a brilliant legal fight with the help of his core staff including current Talent Buyer, Sean McPherson, and Assistant Talent Buyer, Brittany Burdett. Once the dust had settled and Mr. Steve Selig purchased the building and decided that Smith’s needed to stay right where it was.