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Water damage at Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill forces temporary closure

It’s been two weeks since a utility pole fell on the building that houses Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill at 409 E. 26th St., Tacoma. Owner Ammar Mannaa isn’t sure when he’ll reopen his Dome neighborhood restaurant, but he’s hoping it will be soon.

The power pole accident happened Dec. 29, said Mannaa, who also owns nearby Mediterranean Palace at Freighthouse Square and Ikonos in Gig Harbor.

The downed pole caused a chain reaction that damaged Mannaa’s restaurant. “It made a water pipe explode,” said Mannaa. “Everything was full of water. My banquet room, my bar, my kitchen, everything.”

The building didn’t suffer structural damage, but the cosmetic damage will take some time to repair. Quite a bit of drywall needs to be replaced. Mannaa said he’s working with the city and his insurance company to get all the repairs made as quickly as possible, but he’s uncertain how long that will take.

Mannaa’s first restaurant opened in the food court at Freighthouse Square in 1989 (it originally was his brother’s business). He expanded to his stand-alone, sit-down restaurant Ammar’s in December 2012. In 2013, he purchased Ikonos, a Gig Harbor Mediterranean restaurant that’s styled similarly to Mediterranean Palace. Mannaa owns and operates the restaurants with his wife, Sorada, a chef at the restaurant.