Pitas & Paninis closes; Roni Attari continues catering

WICHITA — Pitas & Paninisbrief existence has come to an end.

Owner Roni Attari opened the restaurant on Tyler just south of Central with Jason-Paul Febres as Yuca Latin Bistro. He then parted with Febres during the April 2010 opening and changed the name in December.

Now, he says he’s going to concentrate on catering.

“I just couldn’t give the restaurant, you know, 100 percent of my time,” Attari says.

Help was an issue, he says.

“If I wasn’t there (food) wasn’t coming out the same way.”

In addition to continuing his own catering, Attari will handle catering for his uncles, Tony Abdayem, who owns La Galette, and John Abdayem, who owns T.J.’s Burger House.

“That way (customers) just have more variety of what to order,” Attari says.

He says he prefers catering to running a restaurant. He says there’s more flexibility with catering and a better profit margin, too.

Not that he wouldn’t consider opening another restaurant. Attari says he’ll consider it very carefully before trying again, though.