Mediterranean chain Mezeh opens location on Midlothian Turnpike

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill opened its latest Richmond-area location on Wednesday at 11311 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County. (Jack Jacobs photo)

For its third location in the region, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant chain has jumped to Chesterfield County for the first time.

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill opened its latest Richmond-area spot Wednesday at 11311 Midlothian Turnpike. It’s the chain’s first local outpost outside of Henrico County.

Mezeh sells bowls, flatbread wraps and pita pockets that are customized with toppings like falafel, hummus, tzatziki and shredded lamb.

It joins a corridor that teems with eateries, including a Chipotle across the street and The Habit Burger Grill next door.

“We feel like there’s great opportunity as a fresh, healthy option in the market,” Mezeh spokeswoman Elizabeth Norton said in an email. “We feel we are completely different than our competitors simply because we offer such a wide range of recipes and flavors.”

The restaurant occupies a 2,500-square-foot space and will be staffed by 16 to 18 employees.

Mezeh has more than 20 locations in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Its other local restaurants are in Short Pump and Reynolds Crossing.  The company plans to open more than a dozen locations in the near future, according to its website. The Fairfax-based company was founded in 2012.

The chain is the latest winter arrival to the local food and restaurant scene. Others that opened recently include Sweet Spot Ice Cream Cafe in Shockoe Bottom and Organic Krush on the University of Richmond campus.

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