Pitas are back in town.

Well, almost.

Pita Pit is slated to reopen under new ownership in late June or early July at 616 S. Monroe Ave., in Mason City, said Paul Unsen, who purchased the franchise with his brother this spring.

“We’re really excited to serve the patrons here in Mason City,” he said. “I’ve heard such great things about how they’ve supported Pita Pit in the past.”

The franchise, which was previously owned by Lee Olson, closed in August 2018. It was opened by Tom and Annette Cruse in 2008.

Unsen and his brother A.J. were approached earlier this year about purchasing the shuttered location after they opened their first Pita Pit franchise in Dubuque in April 2018.

“Our Dubuque store does well, and ... now we’re going to venture on, start more,” he said.

Unsen and his wife, Nicole, a Mason City native, moved to River City with their 1-year-old son earlier this month to begin the remodeling of their new restaurant.

The 2,000-square-foot space was far from opening ready Friday, but Unsen said it was progressing.

The walls were recently painted Pita Pit’s signature red and green. Coca-Cola was scheduled to hook up their fountain machine. Arrangements had been made to reface the counters and tables, and interested candidates were starting to apply for part-time jobs.

“It’ll come together pretty quick, and then, we’ll be ready to make some pitas,” Unsen said.

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Pita Pit, a Canada-based quick-service restaurant, offers artisan and custom breakfast, meat and vegetarian pitas, salads and gluten-free wraps.

Bacon cheeseburger, steak fajita, Thai chicken and falafel are popular pitas at the brothers’ Dubuque location, which Unsen’s brother is operating.

“There are a lot of good menu items,” Unsen said.

Unsen anticipates the Pita Pit location will employ about 15 part-time employees.

An opening date hasn’t been determined yet, he said.

The location will offer online ordering through the Pita Pit website as well as its mobile app. Catering and delivery will also be available.

There will also be weekday specials and featured items as well as a grand opening.

Unsen said he’s looking forward to being a part of the business community. He worked at Carlos O’Kelly’s in Mason City for 19 years, including 10 as general manager.

“I love to be involved in the community,” he said. “There are a lot of businesses that can be partnered with.”

For more information about Pita Pit, visit www.pitapitusa.com.

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