Norwell - John Palm recalls the moment clearly.
He had just worked out, he was hungry and he needed to eat — quickly.
Palm didn’t want to undue the calorie-burning work he’d just done in the gym, by downing fast food and fries.
He wanted something tasty, healthy and fast.
Many readers have likely experienced the same scenario.
Soon after that particular day, he learned from a franchise consultant about the fresh and healthy fast food chain, Extreme Pita, and considered opening one himself.
“It was one of the first times where [my wife Kathie] said ‘that’s a good idea’,” Jon recalled this week, when a Mariner reporter stopped by the Norwell eatery.
The Plymouth couple went for it, and Extreme Pita opened at 400 Washington St. back in February.
Kathie Palm said the restaurant has enjoyed success in its first year, selling hundreds of pitas in varieties including Grilled Chicken, Rustic Italian, Philly Cheese Steak and Falafel.
“[It’s been] awesome,” Kathie said. “People love it. Because it’s healthy, and fast and fresh. We have a lot of regular customers, a lot of people come in at least once a day.”
Though filling, Kathie said the pitas are not too heavy. The ingredients used are grilled, she added, but no grease or oil is used in the process.
Kathie said her own experience may serve as proof in the proverbial pita-pudding.
Eating many of the pitas for lunch and dinner since the restaurant opened in the winter, Kathie said she’s lost 35 pounds herself. Another factor, she joked, could be the 85-hour weeks she’s been putting in at the new business.
The caloric amounts of all the food they serve are posted on large, colorful signs in the store.
They also do catering, bringing pitas, salads and sides to your door.
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 781 659-PITA.