New fast-casual eateries are sprouting downtown, including Pita Pit, coming to Baltimore's west side in September, and Krazi Kebob, one of several new tenants in at Harborplace and The Gallery at the Inner Harbor.
Pita Pit will open next month in a street-level space at 400 West Baltimore Street, a project developed by Balti West LLC and managed by David S. Brown Enterprises LTD that has a Panera Bread Company, PNC Bank, Samuelson's Jewelers and State Employees Credit Union. The restaurant will employ about 20 full- and part-time workers.
The chain, now in 40 states, features a menu of Mediterranean-style pitas stuffed with cheeses, meats, vegetables and signature sauces. The restaurant also offers veggie pitas, smoothies and breakfast-style pitas.
Pita Pit's first metropolitan Baltimore location will be operated by franchisee Drin Kaziaj, who said he has wanted to open a Pita Pit franchise since he became a regular in 2004 at a location at Penn State University, where he was a student. Kaziaj said he expects to open a new Pita Pit each year, starting next year with one in Canton.
A new crop of eateries has opened as well at Harborplace and the Gallery mall across Pratt Street.
Krazi Kebob, which has a location in College Park next to the University of Maryland campus, opened in the Gallery. The stall combines Indian and Pakistani cuisine with Mexican tastes. Customers are ushered through an assembly-line process, similar to that at Chipotle, where they can choose wraps, quesadillas or nachos, select meat chicken or paneer and toppings and sauces.
Founder Naumaan Hamid says the eatery is an alternative to burgers and fries and he hopes to attract office workers and tourists. Hamid, from New York, grew up learning the restaurant trade in his parents' restaurants, Shaheen Restaurant in Catonsville, and another in Queens, N.Y.
Other new food stalls in Harborplace's renovated food court include Subway, Chicken Now and China Max, Frozeberry and Sundial Pretzel in the Light Street Pavilion and Sushi Express and Saku Saku in the Gallery.
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