Earlier this year, Santa Fe’s beloved Snack Shack closed in downtown Overland Park. The landlords said their rent had gone up 50% and lease negotiations had failed.
But now a new tenant for the space, Mediterranean restaurant Hummus & Pita, says the rent is worth it.
“It’s a great location, right next to the park, which has a lot of activity,” said Dhiaa Eid, owner. “And it’s downtown. All the time you find people walking.
He spent nearly four months remodeling the space at 8039 Santa Fe Drive and now runs the open kitchen, chatting with customers as he places their order.
Items are made from scratch and include gyros, beef shawarma, wraps, falafel, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, fattoush, Greek salad and frishawarma (crispy fries with chicken shawarma, garlic, cheese and pomegranate sauce).
But hummus has been the most popular order since the July 25 opening, along with kebabs.
Eid was born in Jordan and his mother is Syrian. The family had long operated a restaurant in Jordan, but it closed during the pandemic. He moved to the Kansas City area in 2014 and has worked in the restaurant industry ever since.
The Snack Shack on Johnson Drive opened at 6018 Johnson Drive, Mission in April.