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Macon's Moonhanger Group, owners of downtown's Armory Ballroom and Rookery and Dovetail restaurants are adding another eatery to their business.

The group told 13WMAZ Friday that it has agreed in principle to buy the landmark H&H Restaurant, which closed in December 2013.

Moonhanger's Wes Griffith said he and his business partner, Chad Evans, hopes to have the iconic H&H reopened by summer.

"No drastic changes," Griffith said about the pending reopening. "Just some new equipment and fresh paint. ... We want to take a culturally significant landmark and build on that."

Griffith added that "Mama" Louise Hudson, who opened H&H in the late 1960s, will stay on board cooking her traditional Southern dishes that customers have come to expect.

Hudson, affectionately called "Mama," by those who know her, became a close friend to two hungry, struggling musicians in the early days of H&H. Those musicians are Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley, founding members of the Allman Brothers Band.

Hudson used to feed the band as they struggled financially before making it big.

Moonhanger Group, which also operates the Cox Capitol Theatre, is currently working to extend its lease there with the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority.

The authority purchased the theater this week.

Moonhanger Group previously had plans to bring a food truck to downtown Macon, but Griffith said they scraped those plans to concentrate on H&H and the theater.

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