After a decade at Easton, Cafe Istanbul is rapidly expanding into other neighborhoods. Owner and executive chef Faith Gunal opened a second location last year in Bexley, and recently launched Pera, a fast-casual concept spin-off in The University District.
With 25 years of restaurant experience, Gunal still remains excited about new concepts and new locations.
“The positive feedback and demand that we’ve received from our customers is what brought us where we are today,” says Gunal. “Healthy food is important to all of us and I want to introduce Turkish cuisine to this area.”
Anyone familiar to the Chipotle-style fast-casual concept will feel right at home at Pera. You can choose from a wrap, sandwich or bowl, select a meat (chicken or beef gyro, salmon or lamb) and then top with vegetables that include olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. Vegetarian options are plentiful, and the menu also includes several soups and desserts.
“Pera’s menu is unique and created through the younger generation’s food demand,” explains Gunal. ”All the ingredients are freshly prepared and ready to serve. And since we are located in the campus area, timing is important, and I believe we can help break the habit of fast food and introduce the ‘fresh food’ concept.”
Pera is located at 1980-A North High Street, just south of Woodruff. They’re open seven days per week, 11am to 10pm.
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