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Miracle Mile Deli to Build 7KSF 16th Street Location

Rendering credit: Studio B Squared LLC

By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Steel-frame construction will begin this month on a new Miracle Mile Deli at 4433 N. 16th St. in Phoenix, which is expected to open in June, three days after the closure of the existing Miracle Mile in the Camelback Colonnade at 20th Street and Camelback Road.

The Phoenix City Council approved the final plat Jan. 7.

The architect for the $9M project is Studio B Squared LLC, civil engineer is Hunter Engineering, and GC is StraightLine Builders Inc. of Flagstaff.

The building will be just over 7KSF with 6K of dining space, which is slightly smaller than the Colonnade location, the spot currently leased by restaurant owner Josh Garcia. The new spot will have 50 parking spaces.

The vacant buildings demolished on 16th Street had been occupied earlier by Pepe’s Motor Sports and Joe’s Diner.

Just celebrated 65th anniversary

The Miracle Mile Deli just celebrated its 65th anniversary. The company was founded in 1949 with a restaurant at 16th Street and McDowell by Garcia’s grandfather, Jack Grodzinsky. At one time, there were three Miracle Mile Delis in Phoenix, and Garcia says his long-term goal is to once again expand beyond the one location.

“Our short-term goal is to get this one (on 16th Street) up and running, and get to point where everybody knows we’re moving. Obviously we’d love to open more locations. “

He said he is moving because he had an opportunity to buy his own property for the restaurant and would no longer have landlords. No new tenant has been found for the Colonnade location. Garcia said the landlord had indicated there might be uses for the space other than a restaurant.