Mattiace Restaurant Company broke ground Thursday in Meridian for the first Long John Silver's and A & W Restaurant in Mississippi.
Company spokesman Sandy Hearron said Meridian will be the first Mississippi location because of the interest already shown by the community.
"They have incorporated putting two restaurants in one building, so that if one of the children wants one thing and another child something else, they don't have to choose between one set menu," said Sandy Hearron, the senior vice president of Mattiace Restaurant Company.
Long John Silver's offers primarily seafood. A & W will have hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. The site is on South Frontage Road near Super Wal-Mart.