He knew everyone who walked through the doors.
Friends and family of Sait Satici have looked forward to trying his new downtown State College restaurant
They got their first chance during Penn Pide’s grand opening Monday.
“Hello,” Satici said, jumping up from a seat to greet a friend.
It was a familiar scene to those who know Satici.
He is owner of Penn Kebab, which has been open four years, on East College Avenue. He opened Penn Pide, his second Turkish eatery, next to Green Bowl on West Beaver Avenue.
“I have Penn Kebab, and it’s done really nice,” Satici said. “Now we have this, which is mostly breakfast and pide, which is like Turkish pizza.”
The difference is that pide does not use sauce and is made in a football-like shape instead of a circle.
In addition to offering different dishes than Penn Kebab, part of the move was made to offer people a chance to stay and enjoy their food.
“We don’t have a place for people to sit in Penn Kebab, so we wanted to do something for people to sit and have breakfast and lunch and relax,” Satici said. “I hope (Penn Pide does well).”
George Arnold, Downtown State College Improvement District executive director, praised the second restaurant opening.
“This is really great, and I’ve been anticipating this,” Arnold said. “I’m glad to see when a small business experiences the kind of success that allows them to expand to the other side of downtown State College.”
If you go:
What: Penn Pide
Where: 127 W. Beaver Ave.
When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.