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Local Favorite The Perfect Pita Turns 25, Expands in Grocery Market

The Perfect Pita, and the family behind it, are celebrating the eatery’s 25th anniversary with specials all month.

Starting today, get a free t-shirt if you spend at least $8.94. The price is a tribute to the month (August) and year (1994) the first shop opened.

Founded by Arlington residents, Atilla and Carol Kan, what started as a single lunchtime takeout restaurant became a local favorite with 14 locations, catering and products in grocery outlets, wineries and independent markets.

Erica Kan Olds, daughter of Atilla and Carol and now President of The Perfect Pita, oversaw the opening of the first Perfect Pita in Alexandria. There was not even a sign on the door that first day. 25 years later, the family-owned eatery has a loyal following.

“We have come a long way,” said Erica. “We have our customers to thank for that.”

With the success of their first location, the Kans opened additional locations throughout the Washington D.C. area.

Erica founded The Perfect Daughter in 2009, a SWaM certified catering business. The Perfect Pita is a member of Virginia’s Finest and proudly places that logo on their grocery items. Perfect Pita products sold at grocery stores are also available at The Perfect Pita locations. The restaurant serves breakfast all day and lunch, including pizza, soup and salads.

Online ordering and delivery are available from many locations. Ingredients are fresh and local, with pita bread and hummus made daily. There is something for everyone — vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and Halal options included.

Can’t get to a restaurant? The Perfect Pita hummus is available at Safeway, Wegman’s and Whole Foods Market locally. Recently, Whole Foods added exclusive flavors under The Perfect Daughter label.

If you’ve never tried The Perfect Pita, November is the Perfect month to stop in for the first time!

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