Sam Zein, globetrotting veteran of more than 25 years in the restaurant business, has opened Pita Bon in Cary’s Kildaire Plaza shopping center. Zein comes from a family of restaurateurs, and has helped to open and run restaurants from Dubai to New York. No stranger to the Triangle dining scene, either, he owned a Mediterranean restaurant, bakery and market called Nothing Could Be Finer in Chapel Hill in the 90s, and in recent years has been catering in the area.
Located in the space formerly occupied by The Loop, Pita Bon is a counter service eatery with an airy contemporary decor. The menu offers a sampling of the kebabs, salads, flatbreads of the owner’s native Lebanon. He’s especially proud of his shawarma (chicken or lamb), available on a sandwich or platter with hummus, pita, pickles and tahini. Chef Saad Hassaanein, formerly of Taverna Agora, contributes a few of his favorite Greek dishes to the menu, among them moussaka and pastitsio.
Zein plans to offer house-baked pita once he’s up and running. In the meantime, he’s featuring pita baked by Jerusalem Bakery & Grocery in Raleigh.
Pita Bon (1207 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; 919-468-1605) is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m to 10 p.m. Zein says the website (pitabon.com) should go live any day now.