Former bank building could become restaurant in Natchez

June 5, 2021 GMT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — An old bank building in Mississippi could become a new restaurant.

Natchez officials recently cut the city’s legal ties to the Britton & Koontz building downtown, the Natchez Democrat reported.

An Atlanta couple, Marty and Cathy Buckman, told Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson and the Board of Aldermen that they intend to purchase the white-columned building and turn it into a restaurant and bar.

According to Marty Buckman and attorney Walter Brown, the City of Natchez had the first right of refusal on the sale of the property, which was once used as the city’s welcome center. The city does not own the building, but officials initially wanted the option to use it again as a welcome center before the Natchez Visitor Center was built, Buckman said.

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Gibson and the aldermen had no objections to the property being sold to the Buckmans.

“We’re excited to welcome you to Natchez and about your willingness to invest and open a new business here that will employ 10 to 15 employees,” Gibson said.

Buckman said he plans to enhance the building by making it a restaurant and bar while preserving any historical significance of the building.