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Pita Chip Celebrates Founder's 'Americaversary' with Free Falafel on Friday, December 9

Marilyn Johnson

Contemporary Middle Eastern quick-serve restaurant Pita Chip, which has locations at 3601 Market Street in University City, 1600 North Broad Street at Temple University, and 1623 Big Oak Road in the Oxford Oaks Shopping Center in Yardley, will be giving away free falafel wraps or bowls to the first 79 customers at each location when the stores open at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, in honor of the anniversary of co-founder Omar Alsaadi's emigration from Syria to the United States.
Omar Alsaadi with his Pita Chip partners.Photo byPita Chip

Additionally, anyone who misses the giveaway can purchase falafel bowls or wraps for only $0.79 throughout the day. No purchase is necessary for the giveaway, and both offers are limited to one item per person.

Alsaadi moved to the United States from Damascus, Syria, in December 1979. In conjunction with his “Americaversary,” he and his partners are excited to commemorate the milestone with a giveaway.

For this year’s celebration, Alsaadi and his partners have added a charitable initiative to the festivities. In addition to donating proceeds from the day’s sales to Northeast Philadelphia’s Caring for Friends, and Morrisville, PA’s Interfaith Food Alliance, both of which help combat food insecurity, Pita Chip will also solicit donations to the locally based non-profits at the register. 

“I like to do something every year in early December to celebrate living my American dream, and this promotion was so successful last year that we knew we had to do it again,” said Alsaadi. “We love taking care of our loyal customers and serving the community, and we’re really happy that this day of free and seriously discounted deliciousness will help hungry people in need.”

Pita Chip’s menu features scratch-made hummus and sides, salad bowls, rice bowls, and wraps featuring chicken shawarma, beef shawarma, falafel, roasted vegetables, and a variety of authentic Middle Eastern desserts.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey food, the greater Mid-Atlantic area, and beyond. Email Marilyn at with food and travel news. If you liked this article, throw Marilyn a coffee! Follow Marilyn on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

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