Small Business Survivors: Owner of New York City’s The Hummus & Pita Co. on feeding first responders, inclusive menu and more

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For the past ten years, The Hummus & Pita Co. has been offering something for anyone who walks through their doors. 

Owner and co-founder Dave Pesso comes from a Mediterranean background — the Brooklynite’s father is from Greece and his mother has Eastern European and Israeli roots. When it came to starting his own restaurant, Pesso knew he wanted to take the best flavors and incorporate them into The Hummus & Pita Co.

“Usually Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants are very niche, like they are Turkish, Israeli, just halal or just Greek,” said Pesso. “We’re a mixture of everything. We have shawarma, Turkish meatballs, Lebanese cauliflower, Moroccan beans, Turkish salad. We take the best of the Middle East and the Mediterranean for our menu.”

The Hummus & Pita Co. opened its first location in…

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