Brothers Faz and Faisal Rahman started throwing around the idea of opening their own restaurant a few years ago.
They saw there were many kinds of restaurants along the Randall Road corridor, but thought one kind of food was missing.
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"We thought there is pretty much everything except for Mediterranean (food)," Faz Rahman said.
When they saw the old Chen's King Wok location along Randall Road in Lake in the Hills was going to be available, since the restaurant was moving across the road to a larger spot, they decided to take a chance.
Though they'd had fast food experience before, neither of the Rahman brothers had run their own restaurant. But they decided it was time to try.
The brothers loved the location along the busy Randall Road corridor, and in a bustling strip mall, which also contains a Starbucks, Little Caesars and Noodles restaurant.
"It just started falling together and we thought it makes sense," Faz Rahman said. "We decided this was the right time."
They opened their restaurant, Pita Kabobs, at 335 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills this fall.
Pita Kabobs serves up Mediterranean-style food.
Not only do they offer pitas, kebabs with chicken and lamb, gyros and chicken gyros, they also offer many salads, as well as food that is vegan and vegetarian, Rahman said.
"We marinate our own meat daily. We have no frozen meats or vegetables, no preservatives. We try to keep it simple," he said.
"Our goal is to provide healthy, tasty and affordable food for our customers," Rahman said.
So far, he said, the response to the new restaurant has been great. The brothers have not only seen lots of new customers, but already they have repeat business too, Rahman said.
They've also found many people "tweeting" and "Facebooking" after they've visited the restaurant, which has brought in new customers, too, he said.
"We are so happy with the response in the community," Rahman said. "People are showing up and coming back and they just love the food. We are happy."
The restaurant offers dine-in and carryout. Pita Kabobs also caters.
It opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week, and closes at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. the rest of the week.
Spooky story time: The Barnes and Noble store along Randall Road in Geneva is hosting a "Whoooo … Ghosts and Witches Pajama Story Time!" on Friday, Oct. 21.
Visitors will get to hear child-appropriate ghost and witch stories at the nighttime event.
They'll also get to color and have some fun.
Instead of wearing costumes, attendees can wear their pajamas if they like. However, pajamas are not required.
Kids, though, do need to bring along their best ghost noises and witch cackles.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at the store at 102 Commons Drive.
For information, call the store at (630) 262-8568.
• Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from South Elgin to Batavia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (847) 894-5036.