West Seattle Lebanese institution The Phoenecia has now reopened after a ten-month closure from being forced out of its previous location. The reimagined restaurant reopened on September 24 at 4717 42nd Avenue SW.
The restaurant is serving a similar menu of its famous pizzas, entrees like the Jewel of the Ocean (a dish of many kinds of seafood over saffron rice), and desserts like baklava and rose ice cream. It also has a full bar.
The new space is inspired by a trip the owners, Inaam, Nadia, and Sonya Khazaal, took to Lebanon last year. The luxe interior has emerald green walls, pops of copper, and elegant chandeliers.
The Phoenecia opened in West Seattle Junction in 1975 with owner Hussein Khazaal, who moved to Seattle from Lebanon. That eventually closed, and after a few years the restaurant reopened on Alki Beach, where it remained for 25 years (after Hussein’s death in 2009, his wife Inaam and daughters Nadia and Sonya took over the business). However, when the building was put up for sale late last year, the restaurant was forced to relocate. The new restaurant is only 250 feet away from the first location.
The Phoenecia is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.