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The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is getting a face lift.

Officials announced a $7 million expansion that will include two new restaurants, renovations to the historic site and building and an additional performance venue at the site.

The new tenants will include The Comedy Catch, and restaurants Sam's All American Sports Grill, and The Blue Fish.

The hotel was a famous train terminal from about 1909 to 1970, according to the hotel's website. The train's that make up part of the hotel's accommodations are favored by train enthusiasts, since visitors can use the refurbished railroad cars for their rooms.

The area around the hotel has suffered over the years, with several abandoned buildings nearby, but the Main Street corridor has enjoyed a surge in locally-owned businesses that are unique to Chattanooga.

WRCB contributed to this report.

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