Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Lunch Option for Office Workers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Lunch Option for Office Workers

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Byline: Gary T. Mills

Downtown office workers and courthouse guests have a new lunch option this week with the opening of Pita Pit.

The restaurant, located in a ground-level retail spot in a parking garage at 491 W. Forsyth St., is the third to open in the shadows of the new Duval County Courthouse since its opening a year ago. Those include The Courtyard Caf (October 2012) and Nature's Table (August 2012). Other nearby options include Akel's Delicatessen (2010) and Big Pete's Pizza (2004), as well as food truck On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff.

The location is the first for England native Andy Patel, who moved to the city seven years ago to work as a chef for various football clubs and Leisure Restaurants, he said.

"I've been looking for a restaurant for a long time, but I didn't want to reinvent the wheel," Patel said.

He said his son suggested Pita Pit, a 16-year-old Canadian chain that began franchising in the U.S. in 1999.

Pita Pit's menu offers a variety of breakfast pitas ($5.95, available all day), meat pitas ($6.45) and veggie pitas ($5.75). Each comes with choice of toppings, sauces and cheese. Customers can also order any pita "fork style" (as a salad) for the same price.

In addition to the courthouse located just a block away, Patel expects to attract office workers from the nearby EverBank, 550 and other buildings plus the expected arrival of additional legal offices.

The small restaurant offers table seating for 20 and window counter-style seating for 11. An outdoor patio provides additional seating for 30 or more.

The location is the third for Pita Pit in Northeast Florida. Others include Jacksonville Beach (2011) and Fleming Island (2008).

And Patel expects more to open.

"I think there's a big market in Jacksonville that could support multiple locations," he said, noting his own long-term plans to open additional Pita Pit restaurants in the area.

Pita Pit is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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