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"Ground Zero" Blues Club is a restaurant by day and blues club by night, situated in a 100 year-old cotton grading warehouse on Blues Alley facing the Delta Blues Museum. Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner, Bill Luckett, opened Ground Zero in 2001 and it soon became one of the most colorful spots in downtown Clarksdale, infused with character and Delta grit. Concert posters and photos of blues musicians hang on the walls of exposed brick and wood. What isn’t covered with posters, visitors from all over the world take the liberty to cover with handwritten sentiments and signatures, locked into posterity on every square inch of wall, windows, bar, bathrooms and columns – inside and out. Walk into the restaurant with its strings of color lights, past the pool tables and have a seat to absorb the atmosphere of a place that could tell its own story. Pick up a menu and choose from down home Delta fare like a fried green tomato “sammich,” Highway 61 burger, hot tamales and daily plate special. For a thorough Mississippi blues experience, you can even stay in one of the seven apartments above the club.
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