LOGAN SQUARE — The stabbing that left a 45-year-old man seriously injured early Thursday in Logan Square started at Middle Eastern restaurant and nightlife spot Masada.
The stabbing happened just after 1 a.m., according to Chicago Police.
The 45-year-old — an employee at Masada — got into a fight with two men inside the restaurant at 2206 N. California Ave. One of the men then stabbed the employee in his back and right arm. It’s unclear if the stabbing occurred inside Masada or just outside of it.
The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition as of Thursday morning. His current condition was not immediately available.
Masada’s owner, Shadi Ramli, who also owns Sultan’s Market, was reached but refused to answer questions, saying, “I can’t comment. What the lawyer told me,” before hanging up.
Joel Ocasio, a staffer at neighboring pizza joint Boiler Room, was working in the kitchen at the time of the incident, but didn’t know someone had been stabbed until a Block Club reporter told him what happened.
“That happening next door is a real shock to me,” said Ocasio, 30, who has worked for Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., for three years.
Ocasio said they’ve never had any issues with Masada, adding, “Our restaurant has never collided with them.”
Rosa Acevedo, who runs Taqueria Moran at 2226 N. California Ave., was equally as surprised to hear about the incident. Taqueria Moran closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“I know them, they’re really good,” Acevedo said of Masada. “I know they have some kind of entertainment, dancing, stuff like that, and they’re open until later.”
Masada is located on a well-traveled stretch of California just steps from the Chicago Police Shakespeare station and directly across the street from the California Blue Line station.
The restaurant doubles as a night club, regularly hosting DJs and other live performances that stretch into the night. The club stays open until 2 and 3 a.m., depending on the day. It’s called the storefront home since 2014.
Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Ald. Joe Moreno (1st), whose ward includes Masada, said his office has not received any complaints about the business, which appeared closed during business hours Thursday evening.
Chicago Police officers were seen on the scene Thursday evening.
Acevedo, along with other neighbors, said violence on the block is rare.
“You wouldn’t think that something like that would happen. I thought [the neighborhood] was getting better, but you never know,” she said.
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