Chris Pohl, is co-owner of one of Omaha’s newest restaurants, the Pita Pit. Though this is his first foray into the restaurant industry, Chris is quick to point out he doesn’t have a crazy story about he got into the business.
“Truthfully, I was looking at this other restaurant. It was something I’d kicked around for awhile. But the group of guys I am involved with have some pretty solid experience with Pita Pit and it just kind of went from talking about things to them actually happening,” said Chris.
He said they’d had some experience working together before so when they asked him if he wanted to join them, he said “yes.” It didn’t hurt that one of his partners was already a co-owner of a handful of other Pita Pit restaurants.
The process took a little over a year. Chris said he and his partners started talking about opening the restaurant in May of 2012 and looked at their current building on September 25th of last year. The Pita Pit is located at 120th and L in the L Street Marketplace.
So far, he said he’s enjoying working in the restaurant industry. Chris feels Omaha has been really good to them and that he’s met nothing but helpful people.
“My neighbors around here and the other food industries have been supportive and sharing. It’s been a pleasant experience overall,” said Chris.
The Pita Pit’s atmosphere is bright, lively and colorful. Chris said the menu is pretty simple. “We do three things here: pita, chips and cookies. And I’ve got an awesome pop machine.”
Chris said the restaurant offers a variety of meats including chicken, gyro, prime rib and philly steak. He said all pitas are made fresh and items like avocado and hummus that cost extra elsewhere are all part of the deal.
“There are suggested toppings but you are allowed to move through the line and pick anything you want the pita rollers to make you,” Chris explained.
Because it’s difficult to find a quick, healthy meal, Chris said the Pita Pit is a good alternative for those on the go who want more than the same greasy fast food.
“We offer meat and vegetables with a lot less bread,” he said.
The restaurant had a soft opening on September 16th and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Chris explained about 50% of the customers who have been to the restaurant so far had been to other Pita Pit restaurants in the past.
“A lot of them tell us they had eaten at a Pita Pit when they were in college. That’s really where these restaurants got a foothold, around the college scene. There are a lot of folks who used to eat at the Lawrence or Iowa City stores. They tell us which restaurant they used to eat at and that they’re glad we are here,” Chris said.
He and his partners are planning on opening a minimum of two more Pita Pit restaurants. Chris doesn’t know where they are putting them yet but have some solid ideas and are in the process of looking at sites.
Chris loves meeting the people that come into the restaurant to eat. He loves to talk to people and hear their stories.
“At the end of the day, I hope people will tell me how great they think the food was and that they will be back,” he said.
Pita Pit, L Street Marketplace, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., visit pitapitusa.com or call 402.934.4100.