Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill to Open March 8 at WinStar World Casino

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Venue to feature live music, down-home cooking and friendly atmosphere

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“We are pleased to see the addition of Toby Keith’s signature restaurant at WinStar,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “The opening of this restaurant not only provides another entertainment option for patrons, it also offers a great venue for local performers"

Superstar Toby Keith will open his famed restaurant and entertainment venue, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, at WinStar World Casino at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2010. The restaurant is located at 777 Casino Way, Suite 1 in Thackerville, Okla.

Named after the singer/songwriter’s hit single “I Love This Bar,” the 16,000 square-foot restaurant will serve as an entertainment venue featuring live music and dancing and will feature home-cooked Southern-style fare. The restaurant will have 16 HDTV monitors and two big screens for viewing sporting events, more than 100 pieces of Keith memorabilia, a custom motorcycle and also adorning the walls is half of the Ford truck driven by Keith in the movie, “Beer For My Horses.”

WinStar World Casino is an economic enterprise of the Chickasaw Nation, and Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby looks forward to the addition of the restaurant.

“We are pleased to see the addition of Toby Keith’s signature restaurant at WinStar,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “The opening of this unique restaurant not only provides a fresh entertainment option for our patrons, it also offers a great venue for local performers to showcase their talent”

The restaurant seats 300 customers and is equipped one VIP room that seats up to 75. The restaurant will provide jobs for more than 175 people, 85 percent of which reside in Texas.

Guests will enjoy live music with no cover on Friday and Saturday nights from the best in high-energy national and local bands and entertainers. The following have been scheduled during the first few months of opening – Dallas-based bands Red River Mudcats and Southern Drive, Scotty Thurman and the Perfect Trouble Band from Gainesville, Roanoke-native Cody Jinks and other local musical talent.

The menu includes many of the home-style Southern dishes the ex-oil field worker calls his favorites: chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, Freedom Fries, fried-bologna sandwiches and ribs and chicken.

Another important menu feature is the American Soldier Special, a nod to Keith’s well-known patriotism and USO trips to entertain troops in the Middle East. A cheeseburger, Freedom Fries and a drink is served free of charge to any military personnel with valid military ID.

The WinStar location will be the sixth restaurant and bar for Keith. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 – 1:30 a.m.

About Toby Keith
Toby Keith has been among the top musical performers in any genre throughout this past decade, and is ranked among the top selling artists in all-genres at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. He was also named Billboard's #1 Country Artist of the Decade and #1 Country Songwriter of the Decade, and was honored by Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI), which awarded him its prestigious Songwriter/Artist of the Decade Award. He is a three-time BMI Country Artist/Songwriter of the Year with his catalog generating more than 65 million performances. Keith's business empire is as expansive as his hit making ability, encompassing restaurants, movies, a clothing line and his own record label. In 2009, he landed a No. 1 single for "American Ride," the track off his 15th studio album of the same name that debuted at the top of the Country Albums chart. His previous album, the critically acclaimed That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy, boasts back-to-back No. 1 hits "She Never Cried In Front Of Me" and "God Love Her." Toby recently celebrated his 28th No. 1 hit of his career with “Cryin For Me” (Wayman's Song). In the past decade alone, his singles have spent more than a year at No. 1 on the charts. And his tours continue to be among the top-drawing concerts in the world of entertainment. In 2009, Keith's U.S. America's Toughest Tour played to more than a million people, marking the ninth consecutive year the hard-touring artist crossed the impressive million ticket threshold. Overseas, Keith embarked on his first European tour in November where he sold-out a two-week run that included nine shows in six countries. He recently returned from Norway where he performed at the 16th annual Nobel Peace Prize concert.

About WinStar World Casino
The world's fifth largest casino, WinStar World Casino offers more than 5,700 electronic games, 76 blackjack and poker tables, a 2,500-seat Global Events Center and a new 395-room hotel. Located just north of the Oklahoma/Texas border along Interstate 35, WinStar World Casino presents 24/7 gaming action, world -class entertainers and a wide range of restaurants. WinStar World Casino is an economic enterprise of the Chickasaw Nation. For more information visit our website at http://www.winstarworldcasinohotel.com.

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