Hummus, kebabs, gyros at the new Mediterranean restaurant JoCo

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At the new Mediterranean restaurant Hummus & Pita, entrees include its most popular order – homemade hummus.

jsmith@kcstar.com

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.

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Dhiaa Eid remodeled the space and it now has an open kitchen. Joyce Smith jsmith@kcstar.com

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).

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The Houmous & Pita gyroscope. Starters come with rice and salad. Joyce Smith jsmith@kcstar.com

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.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.

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