Come November 1, Jackson's Catfish Corner will once again have a new address. Yes, it's reopening at 123 21st Ave in the Central District, near the intersection with Yesler — just a few blocks from its original home. It will replace the G.R.E.A.N. House Coffee and Cafe, a community kitchen and cafe run by the nonprofit Clean Greens.
Jackson's, beloved for its Southern-style fried catfish and hushpuppies, was born at the corner of Cherry and MLK in the Central District in 1985 as, simply, Catfish Corner. Owners Woodrow and Rosemary Jackson closed their restaurant in 2014, only to have their grandson, Terrell Jackson, salvage the family business under the name Jackson's Catfish Corner. He slung catfish via a series of pop-ups and went brick-and-mortar at 7216 Rainier Ave S last year.
The tumult continued for Jackson's, though; in July, the South Seattle Emerald reported that the restaurant was closed, with Terrell claiming to have lost the lease on the space. His mother launched a Go Fund Me campaign to try and save the restaurant, but it has only raised $2,230 of a $10,000 goal.
Fear not, fried fish fiends. Jackson's will live on at its new spot on 21st, and with the same menu that's brought it legions of fans over the decades.