What do you do when you graduate from college, head back to your hometown and start to miss your favorite restaurant? You open one, of course.
"I knew I wanted to be in this area," Martin told Patch. "I looked a couple of other locations in the Loop, then over by SLU, but this spot just seemed right."
This spot is next to Tavolo V and just across from The Pageant. To accommodate his late night neighbors, Pita Pit is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 am. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Pita Pit is the second new Loop business to have late-night hours. Piccione Pastry, on the corner of Skinker and Delmar, also stays open to accommodate evening eaters.
The Central West End native and MICDS grad said the restaurant's grand opening on Saturday had a 5-6 hour non-stop stream of people.
"That's why I held off having a big grand opening until we were open for a couple of weeks," he said. "We were prepared for it—everyone was in the groove by then."
Martin said vegetarian dishes have been proven to be the most popular so far.
"Our falafel and black bean seem to be a hit," he said.
The healthy options are one of the biggest draws for the former football player.
"You have so many options for healthy eating," he told Patch. "You can get whatever, but there is definitely so much more meat and vegetables as opposed to a lot of bread. You will get full, but it isn't over the top."
Have you tried Pita Pit yet? What's your favorite pita? Tell us in the comments.