Last Spring the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) purchased the building on Tennille Avenue, affectionately referred to as the former bus station, old auto parts store and frequently called “the Clarke building”.
The DDA purchases local buildings with the purpose of revitalizing the structures and to bring new businesses to the community. For the past year work has been in progress rehabbing the building in the hopes of creating a commercial restaurant to provide more dining downtown.
A diverse variety of restaurants was sought after to include a coffee shop, a seafood restaurant, a steak house and a BBQ business. After many months of searching, the DDA was actually approached by the Rodeo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina out of Dothan and Ashford, Alabama.
The DDA, who has the governing authority to enter into agreements with the private sector, has partnered with The Rodeo owners to continue to convert the Clarke Building into a commercial space. The projected date of the official opening is sometime in April.
The DDA is excited to offer this opportunity to the community, the surrounding areas and the downtown of Donalsonville in the hopes to generate more business for everyone with the amount of people it will draw. After all, when the community flourishes all the people benefit.