Bardstown Road’s Pita Hut Mediterranean Cafe is expanding into the retail space vacated by Grateful Threads late last year. A newly renovated, larger dining room is planned to open later this month to correspond with the restaurant’s one-year anniversary.
The new space will be connected to the existing restaurant and will be able to seat about 50 people in a family-friendly environment. Expanded healthy food offerings are also planned including a larger buffet and eventually breakfast items. A Mediterranean brunch could be held on the weekends. Finishing touches are still ongoing in the new space.
The existing 15-seat dining room will eventually be converted into a hookah lounge and will reflect the atmosphere of a traditional Mediterranean cafe. A variety of coffees, traditional and Turkish, and freshly squeezed juices will be available along with a selection of beers. Owner Khaled Imam regrets he cannot find carrot juice readily available in Louisville, so he plans to offer it himself. Right now, though, the main priority is to open the new dining room.
Pita Hut hopes to provide healthy food made from scratch for a reasonable price. Imam realizes a tough economy can make it tough for some to eat out regularly, but wants to provide healthy alternatives to fast food that taste better and can work on a budget. He believes there’s no room for greed in a bad economy and and everyone should try to help out the community.
Food preparation at Pita Hut involves soul, and Imam puts in extra effort to ensure his is the best. His new Mediterranean buffet will be twice as large as the current selection and will be the only buffet of its kind in Kentucky. Everything is made fresh from scratch. He described his arduous process for making a falafel: each day chick peas are soaked in water, then rinsed, then ground, then marinated, then ground again with herbs all by hand before they make it to the fryer. The result is a delicious sandwich.