Pita Pit coming downtown

December 17, 2008
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Pita PitThe downtown lunch crowd will have one more option in the spring: Pita Pit. The Lebanese-style pitas chain already has a restaurant on West 86th Street across from Brebeuf Prep. It also has stores in Bloomington, Muncie and West Lafayette. The 1,200-square-foot downtown store, which will take space next to Flagstar Bank in 1 North Pennsylvania St., will be operated by a new franchise owner for the chain, Travis Sealls of Indianapolis. The other Indianapolis location is operated by Gary Jeffery, his wife Kathy and son Brian. The Idaho-based chain, which began in Canada, has a total of about 185 locations in the U.S.
  • Where is it in relation to Bearno's pizza?
  • Bearno's closed in September, and Flagstar moved in. You can catch up here.
  • That Penn and Washington intersection is really developing nicely. Now if we can just get Washington St. West of Penn to get developed...
  • this is SUCH good news. Not only will I FINALLY be able to have falafel for lunch, but I'l be able to get it from right across this street!
  • Ameer in the City Market has falafel every Monday.
  • GobnaitX gets 2 points
  • I tried Ameer's falafel once and it was awful. I get my falafel from Sam's, Santorini or Bosphourus. I'll definitely give the pita pit a shot, I'm sure it will be decent enough.
  • I have visisted the Pita Pit on the North Side and was not impressed. The food is over-priced and the Falafel I got was not that good. While I can understand the desire to have a fast food Middle Eastern eatery, don't expect much. It seems to be doing well enough to stay open, but I won't recommend it to anyone.
  • I'm so HAPPY they're finally coming downtown!!!
  • Has work started yet on the downtown Panera?
  • Any news about the 950 N. Meridian apartment proposal? Or the apartments on Mass Ave. mentioned in the Star today?
  • Does this mean the Black Thunder coffee place is out? There is not a better high octaine jolt in the city.

  • For those looking for falafel, there is a small place called Mix 5 (or Iraqi kebab - it's unclear) at 2989 W 71st St which has great falafel and hummus too.
  • BLOGojevich -- you mean this project that Cory reported on back in March?

  • Beat me to the punch, CorrND. Thanks.
  • The PitaPit here in Muncie is very good
  • I think the Pita Pit will be just west of Flagstar, same building but in the old Bearno's space unused by Flafstar. I'm hoping it won't be where Black Thunder is, that would be a shame.
  • Oops - meant just east........
  • Mmmmphh.

    Ate at W. 86th location. It was edible, that's all -- big deal it's going downtown.
  • This blog is slowly but surely turning into the local food critic's review.

    I'm headed to Cheesecake Factory... Bradshaw out!
  • Bradshaw -- love your food review observation -- it's a real hoot isn't it? As I read and write, it's amazing the volume of posts on such an innocuous, inconsequential story - a plastic pita place downtown! I still laugh at the volumes dedicated a few weeks ago to the BW3.

    Indiana's/America's traditional manufacturing base is teetering on the brink, my GE stocks are almost worthless, and a new and untested president can't get started fast enough.

    Oh the passion and power of our taste buds. I love it!
  • yeah parkershade, because the economy is in a slump we should all refrain from discussing anything that isn't likely to depress us......

    You can laugh all you want but the people on this particular blog are fairly passionate about development, particularly in the core of the city. And however you want to slice it, both this plastic pita place and the BW3 are developments.
  • I think this is a good point to just start drinking and see what happens. :)
  • Ya oughta at least wait until Dec. 26, Da Hooey. :-)
  • Hi Everyone,

    I am Travis, the new franchise owner for the chain. Some quick corrections…we will be occupying 1500-square-feet and we are not exactly a Lebanese-style pita chain. We are healthy minded like Subway, but offer a much higher quality of food and many more options. Yes, we will offer some “Middle Eastern” type foods (ie Falafel, Hummus, Babaganoush), but we will also offer many other options, which include chicken breast, ham, roast beef, turkey, bacon, chicken souvlaki, bacon, tuna, etc. All of the pitas are customized by the customer with any/all of the 17 fresh veggies and numerous different sauces. We also serve any pita as a salad, which is known as fork style, making us one of the best places in the city to get a salad.

    We will be open late night and also deliver, so if you’re out drinking and need to grab some late night grub downtown we’ll be open until 3:00 or 4:00. I encourage everyone to give it a try. The food is exceptional and a different change of pace from the everyday sandwich or slice of pizza.
  • Travis: Pita Pit's own web site says you guys serve Lebanese-style pitas.
  • We will be open late night and also deliver, so if you’re out drinking and need to grab some late night grub downtown we’ll be open until 3:00 or 4:00. I encourage everyone to give it a try. The food is exceptional and a different change of pace from the everyday sandwich or slice of pizza.

    Great to hear you'll be open late. I'll definitely give you business. Also, will you be hiring bike delivery?
  • Cory - you are right. My apologies. I've never heard anyone from Pita Pit refer to them as Lebanese-style in any of our materials. They've recently redone the website and that is the first time that description has been used.

    benjamin - I'm glad to hear you'll be a customer. Yes, we will be doing bike delivery for the M-F lunches and car delivery the rest of the time. I'll be starting the hiring process in 3-4 weeks and will let you know more then.
  • I used to live in Indy for many years and now live in Austin, Texas, I love the Pita Pit's that are here! Its a great establishment and I'm happy to see better & expanded food options to hit Indianapolis. High Five!

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