He’s had a #1 single each year for the last 18 consecutive years, selling more than 33 million albums. Now, country superstar Toby Keith has left his mark on Colorado with the opening of the latest Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. It’s the 9th and largest of his restaurants, named after the 2003 hit single, “I Love This Bar.” Before he jetted off to a concert in Canada, he talked with 11 News Morning Anchor Stacia Naquin about the new restaurant, his latest album Bullets In The Gun and his unwavering support for our troops.
Stacia: Very excited to have you in Colorado. Why do you think Denver is an ideal place for your latest “I Love This Bar and Grill?”
Toby Keith: Denver was kind of an obvious spot I think… western motif, lot of motorcycle riders, lot of western cowboys…
Stacia: Bullets In The Gun… your 15th studio album… what’s different about this album?
TK: Being a writer and writing all these albums… my system is to write all year and then record at the end of the year and it’s the album. So, I think they’re all different. But it’s all stuff I wrote. So I can’t tell the difference. It’s just whatever I wrote last year kind of goes on the album.
Stacia: You’re well known as a huge supporter of our troops.
Stacia: Why is that still important to you?
TK: My father instilled in us at a very young age how important (he was in the Army)… how important they are to our country and our freedom and this great land we live in. And when 9-11 happened, I went on my first USO tour and thought – I need to give back. And I’m gonna go do it for two weeks. And I left and when I came back… I’ve done it for 2 weeks 9 years in a row now. I really love the geography lesson, the history lesson and getting to meet all those great heroes and watch them operate. We just don’t take care of them enough, I don’t think. So I try to do the most I can.
Stacia: For those of us who aren’t world-wide entertainers like you… what do you encourage the rest of us to do to show support for our troops?
TK: If you have anything to offer them, as far as entertainment at all… just visit the hospitals. If you have a bigger type of entertainment to offer, like a songwriter/singer, contact the USO. If not, just walk up in airports, malls, restaurants and shake their hand and thank them for their service.
Stacia: Back to the “I Love This Bar and Grill”… what’s your favorite thing on the menu, so we all know what to order?
TK: You’ve gotta do the fried bologna sandwich, if you’re gonna come here.
Stacia: It’s the Toby Keith Classic!
TK: Some guy asked me if the bologna was kosher. I said – if you’re gonna eat bologna, does it matter?
Stacia: Good point!
TK: I try to offer real Southern cuisine that you just can’t get everywhere. We have the other stuff… steaks and chicken sandwiches and all the other stuff. If you really want something different, a lot of people come in and eat it. And it’s something you can make at your house… you just don’t.
Whether you’re in the mood for a fried bologna sandwich or something else, check out Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in the Shops at Northfield Stapleton in Denver. Service members and vets can get a one-time free meal deal, including an American Soldier burger, choice of side and a non-alcoholic beverage. Click on the link below for a look at LIVE musical acts/events coming to the Denver location, as well as the restaurant’s menu. We’ve also included a link to the USO, so you can find out more about ways to show your support for the troops.