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Despite its troubled past, the former Rodeo Bar on North Franklin Street has been closed, and will be converted into retail space on the first floor with lofts above.

MICHIGAN CITY — A former downtown bar with a troubled past, and also the scene of a recent fire, is on the verge of getting a new life.

The former Rodeo Bar at 1103 Franklin St. in Michigan City has sold, despite experiencing a recent small second-floor fire, according to Mike Conner, broker with @properties.

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