Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eat-A-Pita to debut Saturday

The opening weekend will be half-price.

Eat-A-Pita to debut Saturday

The very-well-traveled Ralph Kane and Jamie Kelly spent recent summers in Southwest Harbor, Maine, working in the kitchen of a bistro that by day is called Eat-A-Pita and at night becomes the fancier Cafe 2.

Gradually they become enthralled with Eat-A-Pita but soured on the seasonal nature of life in that part of Maine. "We thought it would thrive here," said Kelly, 30, a grad of Drexel's hospitality program who met her buddy Kane, 32, when both worked at Fork in Old City.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, they will open Eat-A-Pita at 128 S. 12th St. (215-925-7482), last occupied by Maccabeam. It's built for speed - a service counter with an industrial-looking dining room full of reclaimed wood.

Eat-A-Pita - and you can guess the menu's focus - nods toward healthful eating. For the white and wheat pitas - which they're sourcing to Maoz - you choose proteins, produce, and a "pour" (various vinaigrettes, a curry sauce, honey mustard, etc.).

The idea is to pour on as you dig in. The basics are $8; you can spend a bit more to get such proteins as shrimp po' boy, salmon croquette, and lamb shawarma - which roasts right behind the counter next to a rotisserie for chicken.

They're also offering panini, soups, and salads,

Menu is here.

Opening weekend prices will be 50 percent off.

Michael Klein Philly.com
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