Bitar's Eastern Mediterranean Grill

Bitar's Eastern Mediterranean Grill. Image provided by Historical Society of Pennsylvania

10th and Federal Streets

Elias and Mariette Bitar settled in Philadelphia in the 1970s. In response to the city's lack of Middle Eastern grocery stores, they opened a small shop and pita bakery on the corner of 10th and Federal streets, in the neighborhood home to one of Philadelphia's earliest Lebanese settlements. That store, Bitar's, is now a major restaurant supplier, and the Bitar family owns three popular Middle Eastern restaurants throughout the city.

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