The owners of Amigo Restaurant have signed up to help launch the revitalization of "Old Rossville."
AJ Antuna, one of the owners, said it is planned to have the popular Mexican restaurant up and running in about four months in a former supply building for the Peerless Woolen Mill.
He said, "The owners of the mill have a vision to bring back this old section that was thriving at one time."
The Amigo group plans to invest about $200,000 in fixing up the 7,000 square-foot building. The building will be leased from owners Bobby Wilson and Arthell Gray.
Mr. Antuna said there will be a minimum of changes to the structure, including leaving the 24-foot ceiling and beams exposed and putting new panes in eight large windows that had been bricked up. New electrical and plumbing will be installed. A deck will be added at the side of the building.
He said he and the owners believe that having Amigo there will be a catalyst for renovation of other parts of the historic mill.
The restaurant, that is across from a Methodist Church, will employ 25-30 people.
Amigo is a family-owned restaurant with five units in Chattanooga and five in Johnson City.
Rezoning for the project was approved on Monday night by the Rossville City Council.