Mediterranean restaurant opens in Martinez



A new restaurant is bringing Mediter­ranean food to Martinez.

Best Bites Mediterranean Pizzeria, Bar & Grill opened at 4017 Columbia Road.

Best Bites has seven employees and is open for lunch and dinner, said Hasibe Dickerson, the manager and mother of the owner, Joseph Dickerson.

The mother and son have years of experience in the restaurant industry, but this is Joseph Dickerson’s first time owning a restaurant.

The 3,100-square-foot space is a former sushi restaurant, and the Dickersons completed extensive renovations to the building, Hasibe Dickerson said.

Hasibe Dickerson was born in Bulgaria and grew up in Turkey and Greece loving Mediterranean food. The restaurant has attracted local residents who were regular customers at Athens Pizza on Bobby Jones Expressway before it closed, she said.

“They are happy that gyros and Mediterranean food is back,” Hasibe Dickerson said.