Tuesday, we found out just how many people love tacos and broke some news about the future of food and drink at 23rd and Union. Today, CHS has good news on a sad part of 23rd and Union’s restaurant past. Five years after an arson fire destroyed its 23rd and Union shop, Med Mix is open again in the Central District.
Owner Otmane Bezzaz dropped CHS a note earlier this week to announce that, “after years of trying to come back,” his new location just off 23rd and Jackson is now open.
Bezzaz has been planning the Jackson location for more than a year. CHS reported on the space way back in November 2016 as the restaurant owner described the “three-year nightmare” of dealing with insurance in the aftermath of the arson fire that damaged Med Mix’s 23rd and Union location.
Med Mix expanded to 23rd Ave from its Pioneer Square home and opened the new shop in the spring of 2012. By the summer of 2013, it was gone, torched in a damaging arson fire that reminded many of the seeming ongoing curse for businesses at the corner where previously the owner of Philadelphia Cheese Steak was gunned down in 2008.
The 2013 fire also brought many concerns to the neighborhood as development was beginning to increase in the area and an immigrant business was apparently targeted in a crime that remains unsolved. The corner is now home to Uncle Ike’s, the largest pot retailer in Seattle. Ike’s is owned by Ian Eisenberg, whose company purchased the land for $750,000 in 2010, according to King County records.
Uncle Ike’s is a CHS advertiser.
The new Mediterranean Mix is located at 2204 S. Jackson and is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM.