My parents, Atilla and Carol Kan, opened their first restaurant together in 1975— Atilla’s Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine. The restaurant was located on Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia. It was a full service, seven day a week operation that was open for lunch and dinner.
Atilla’s became known as the “Home of the Gyro.” My Father made all items from scratch including our pita bread. It was there that my dad had a mishap in the kitchen that unexpectedly led to the creation of his first pocket pita bread.
In 1992 my Father decided to sell the restaurant and open a bakery in Springfield, Virginia. He began wholesaling our hummus and handmade pita bread. In 1994, I finished my education and began working full-time for the family business. I opened the first Perfect Pita restaurant in August of 1994 in Alexandria, Virginia.
We currently operate eight Perfect Pita locations in the DMV area with our headquarters in Springfield, Virginia. We deliver daily fresh products to all of our locations. Our wholesale business has grown to include selling our products to: Whole Foods Markets, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Wegmans and Food Lion. In 2019, we developed an exclusive line of hummus for Whole Foods Markets and it is under The Perfect Daughter brand. Several wineries in Virginia and Maryland have also been added to our wholesale account list.
My parents have retired from the family business. I am now the President of the company. I would love the opportunity to share our family products with you.