JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The owner of M-Bar Sports Grill in Jackson announced construction will soon begin on an outdoor entertainment expansion behind the venue.
According to Richard Bradley, the founder and owner of M-Bar, the first phase of the expansion will begin in September 2021 and will be completed in August 2022. Phase two is still in the planning stages, but it’s expected to be completed in 2023.
The estimated cost of the expansion is $8 to $10 million.
“When we opened our establishment in 2013, we had a vision for vitality, prosperity and economic success in Jackson,” said Bradley. “Our new outdoor venue is a major expansion as our economy continues to emerge from the pandemic. It’s the perfect place to relax this summer. Whether you are an after-work professional, college student, or part of the late-night crowd, M-Bar is the coolest place on County Line. It is a transformative destination that channels a big city vibe in the heart of the metroplex.”
Jackson City Councilman Ashby Foote said he’s concerned about the new expansion because there have been several shootings at M-Bar. The councilman said he’s for an amphitheater in Jackson, but not one adjacent to a residential neighborhood.
“I think having an amphitheater in Jackson could be a positive thing, but it needs to be in the right location where it doesn’t disrupt people’s normal lives, especially in the evenings when they’re trying to settle down and get a good night’s sleep. There has been some crime related incidents in the past. Hopefully, those days are passed, but still if they are attracting the type of clientele that get into fights and pull out guns and shoot people, then that’s a great concern as well. So I’m hoping that they do a better job at security going forward. So there’s a couple different questions there,” stated Foote.
The outdoor entertainment venue will include an amphitheater and stage for live music, windowed garage doors, a beer garden, fire pits and a game field.