It burned down twice in 1999, and was forced to close, but before that, it was the hotspot for good eating. The Iron Horse Grill in downtown Jackson wore the capital city cuisine crown for years.
The eatery has been closed for over a decade, but could re-open in the near future. A local group of investors is trying to revive the old restaurant.
Local developers, the Simpson Group, say they are moving forward with plans to renovate and re-open the doors to the Iron Horse. They plan to build the restaurant back to its original footprint and add another 10,000 square feet. The construction will cost $6 million dollars.
"We just wanted to bring something back that everyone used to love," says developer Joseph Simpson.
The restaurant on Pearl Street has been closed after two fires gutted the building in 1999. Attempts to re-open the restaurant in the past have failed. The Simpson Group has owned the property for two years now. They say patrons can expect the same great food, and more.
"It's going to be a 15 thousand square foot build, the Iron Horse grill is going to be the restaurant. We'll have a live music venue, we want to emulate a lot of the house of blues concept, a stage area where you can sit upstairs in the balcony and watch live music then eat," says Simpson.
Artist renderings of what the new restaurant will look like show the original brick on the west side of the building. The new restaurant will also house a Mississippi musicians hall of fame, featuring memorabilia and instruments used by musicians from our state. Construction of the new eatery could begin as early as this spring, and will take six to nine months to complete.
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