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Ground broken for Iron Horse Grill renovation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Chips and salsa, combined with Mississippi music concerts and a Musicians Hall of Fame Museum will be served up at a once popular restaurant in downtown Jackson.

The 12,000-square-foot building will re-emerge as the Iron Horse Grill next year. A large group of investors, architects and city leaders gathered for the official groundbreaking on the site Monday.

Mayor Harvey Johnson says this is a significant project for downtown revitalization. The restaurant burned down twice in the past. What's left of the crumbling facade will be renovated after years of sitting in ruins.

"One of the goals of the group is to transform a blighted area into a connector between Jackson State University, the University Parkway developments and downtown Jackson," said Joseph Simpson of the Simpson Group.

The building, which was a 1906 Armor smokehouse, will also be home to a Mississippi Music Hall of Fame Museum and host a wide range of top musicians.

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