Pita Jungle opening 2nd Chandler restaurant The Chandler Arizonan

Pita Jungle opening 2nd Chandler restaurant

December 29th, 2020 Chandler Arizona Staff
Pita Jungle opening 2nd Chandler restaurant
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ARIZONAN NEWS STAFF

Pita Jungle, which boasts modern Mediterranean cuisine, is opening its second Chandler location next year and is hiring staff.

The 3,200-square-foot restaurant will be in the new Steelyard development off Chandler Heights and Gilbert Roads.

“The Steelyard development was like falling in love. Here is an opportunity to open a brand-new Pita Jungle in a ‘micro development’ within a business complex scaled to cozy local neighborhood needs, said co-founder Bassel Osmani.

“This aligns perfectly with our concept and culture to establish strong community ties, from a space that is anchored in a smaller strip mall that lends itself to every days uses and consumption, reminiscent of our very first stores that we’ve opened decades ago in the East Valley,” ,” said Bassel Osmani, co-founder of Pita Jungle.

“We are super excited and can’t wait to consummate our newer connection with this vibrant neighborhood,” he added.

The new restaurant will feature a large main dining area with an inviting full bar and an outdoor patio. It will be open for lunch, happy hour and dinner seven days a week.

Pita Jungle, founded more than 20 years ago, is one of many tenants planned at the retail center named after the former steel yard.

The development will be located at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads and will include three multi-tenant buildings on a 4.6-acre site. It will incorporate aspects of the steel yard into its design, including corrugated steel and an existing water tower.

The new Pita Jungle will be inspired from the steelyard theme around an iconic water tower.

The design draws from notions of water flow and colors accentuated by industrial lines and modulated by cozy ambient and minimalist ‘artsy-ness’ that stems from eco-rich materials and colors, according to Osmani.

Each Pita Jungle restaurant has a unique mood and personality; it is designed to have a character that is reflective of the times and the locality.

“From the unique décor and original artwork by local artists, to the custom, handpicked music playlist and creative non-formulaic staff, there are no cookie-cutter locations at Pita Jungle,” Osmani said.

Between now and the opening, Pita Jungle will hire approximately 50 part-time and full-time employees, from chefs to servers and everything in between, for the new Chandler restaurant.

With this addition, there will be 21 Pita Jungle’s in the Phoenix Metro area, two in Tucson and one in Flagstaff.

To learn more about Pita Jungle, its restaurants, employment opportunities: pitajungle.com. For the latest updates, follow Pita Jungle on all major social media platforms.

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