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Greek, Indian and Lebanese restaurant Meso planned for Jackson Ward

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Owner Ahmed Razak plans for the restaurant to convert into a hookah lounge and rooftop hangout at night.

RICHMOND, Va. — Add Mesopotamian inspired cuisines, and a rooftop deck, to the menu in Jackson Ward.

Meso, a restaurant that will offer a blend of Greek, Indian and Lebanese dishes, plans to open in the two-story, 2,200-square-foot building at 522 N. Second St. in Jackson Ward after the July Fourth holiday, said Ahmed Razak, owner/operator and chef of the new venture.

“I like what’s happening in the neighborhood,” Razak said of his decision to open in Jackson Ward. “Give it two to three years, and I feel like that area is going to be the next Carytown.”

Razak said he has invested between $50,000 and $100,000 to upgrade the space since purchasing it six months ago. He said his contracting company – Richmond-based All Star Painters – is completing renovations to the space.

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