Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Gonzaga Pita Pit makes it to final four, but trailing in votes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

There’s a battle going on among Pita Pits, and the Gonzaga Pita Pit made it to the final four. But now, with only a day left in this round of voting, Spokane is falling behind and in danger of getting knocked out of the tournament.

Yes, the whole thing is largely a marketing promotion to get you to “Like” the Pita Pit page on Facebook, but there’s the possibility of a real reward — the winning store will give out free pitas for a day. 

Voting for this round ends Thursday at 9 pm. The top two will battle it out from Feb. 8 to 14, and the winner will be announced on Feb. 15. Here’s where to vote.

“We’ve got a great store here, and great customers who deserve free pitas,” owner Erik Morris says. “It’s really for the fans and customers.”

He grew up in Coeur d’Alene and first got involved with the tastiness of Pita Pit as a student at Washington State University. The Gonzaga Pita Pit just celebrated its seven-year anniversary of at the end of January, with a day of $3 pitas.

It’s not surprising that the other stores still in the running are also located in college towns or neighborhoods. Here’s what we know about the competition:

3. Indiana, Pa.

The Pita Pit in Indiana, Pa., is a bit of an underdog because its city, known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, has fewer college students and people in general. The store is on a main street not far from the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

2. Claremont, Calif.

The Pita Pit in Claremont, Calif., is apparently pretty new, or at least it doesn’t show up on Google Street View images of the building from August 2011. Here’s a message from the new owners, who are offering customers 5 percent off if they vote in the store. They say: “Please help us out! This is our first business and we're trying desperately to win!” Claremont is home to the Claremont Colleges, a group of seven higher education institutions.

1. Williamsburg, Va.

Finally, the Pita Pit in Williamsburg, Va., is located in a classy building that’s pretty much on the campus of the College of William and Mary. It looks like they have very nice outdoor seating. Last week they alerted fans on Facebook that they were losing for the first time, and they’ve since rallied to retake the lead.

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Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...