Words & Deeds

After 16 years, Pita Pit closes — and a new local Downtown Boise restaurant will replace it

Pita Pit had served customers in Downtown Boise since 2001. Owner Nick Epler, pictured here at his Broadway Avenue store, plans to open a new concept in the Downtown space in about two months.
Pita Pit had served customers in Downtown Boise since 2001. Owner Nick Epler, pictured here at his Broadway Avenue store, plans to open a new concept in the Downtown space in about two months. Statesman file

If you’ve ever had the urge to stuff your face after bar hopping — or if you work Downtown — you’ve probably scarfed down some Pita Pit.

The franchise restaurant at 746 W. Main St. has cranked out fast, rolled-pita sandwiches since 2001.

Pita Pit’s final day of business Downtown was June 30. Nick Epler, who has owned it since 2006, plans to debut a fresh concept in the space.

Epler isn’t ready to share all the details, but he says it will add a unique spin to the sandwich and deli market. “It will be local, flavorful and have an edge to it,” Epler promises.

The new restaurant will be open longer hours. Unlike the Downtown Pita Pit, it will serve breakfast. Like its predecessor, it will cater to the bar crowd by staying open until 3 a.m. on weekends. Epler hopes to open the new restaurant in about two months.

Pita Pit
The windows at Pita Pit have been covered while the space is converted into a new restaurant. Karleigh Deeds

With The Gyro Shack and Meraki Greek Street Food opening Downtown in the past year, Greek-influenced dining choices have grown. But Epler says competition wasn’t the main reason he is reinventing the space.

“After 16 years, it was time for a change,” he says. “... More than anything, I kind of felt the timing was right to make the change and put a concept in of my own and see how it goes. Part of the reason for doing this is I do want to have a true local establishment. It’s going to have a local feel, from some our decor and murals to the menu naming and things like that.”

Epler continues to own and operate Pita Pit franchises at 1007 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise and 3030 E. Overland Road in Meridian. Pita Pits are operated by a different franchisee at 2306 12th Avenue South in Nampa and 2110 Blaine St. in Caldwell.

But what if you work Downtown and still crave your Pita Pit fix? A Super Greek? A Philly Steak?

“We will still service our loyal Downtown Pita Pit customers via delivery from my Broadway location,” Epler says.

Order online at pitapit.splickit.com.

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