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Pita Pit brings quick, healthy food to area

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EPHRATA — The region’s first Pita Pit, a restaurant franchise serving healthy sandwiches and salads, opened here Monday after 10 months of planning by the owner.

Pamela Leseman, a longtime Ephrata resident and local eatery manager, said she’d wanted to open her own restaurant for years before falling in love with Pita Pit’s concept of “fresh thinking, healthy eating.”

Everything’s fresh pretty much from start to finish,” said the 51-year-old Leseman. “I love the decor, the menu and the attitude of helping people eat in healthy ways.”

Leseman said she decided on a Pita Pit franchise after three people in three days recommended the company to her. So she visited the closest Pita Pit — in Ellensburg — to taste the food and study the concept. “I knew right away that this was for me.”

The quick-serve restaurant serves healthy ingredients in pita-style pocket breads, said Leseman. Her location makes 15 different meat pitas, five veggie pitas, three vegan pitas and five breakfast pitas that are served all day. Salads are also on the menu.

Pita Pit originated nearly 20 years ago in Canada and expanded to the U.S. in 1999. The company now has more than 350 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, many in college towns and many open late to serve students’ erratic schedules.

Leseman’s franchise is located at 26 Basin St. NW in an historic brick building that’s graced Ephrata’s downtown since the late 1800s. The restaurant is open 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more info, call 754-7172, visit or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page (keywords: pita pit ephrata).


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