NEW: The popular New York falafel restaurant is coming to Pimmit Hills

A growing fast-casual Mediterranean-cuisine restaurant chain that started in New York City will open a location in Pimmit Hills next year.

Taïm Mediterranean Kitchen will bring its critically acclaimed falafel to Virginia for the first time with a 1,849 square foot restaurant at Tysons Station mall at 7502 Leesburg Pike. The company expects to open the new location next spring, possibly in April.

“People are craving better, tastier food and we knew this bustling area of ​​shared apartments and offices would be a perfect fit,” said Phil Petrilli, founder of Untamed Brands. “…Whether guests are looking for a quick lunch or a family-friendly dinner, taïm is versatile and unique.”

Petrilli, a former Chipotle regional manager, founded Untamed Brands with fellow fast-casual veterans to support restaurants looking to grow long-term. The company partnered with Taïm in 2018 as the restaurant embarked on an expansion.

Run by chef Einat Anthony and her husband in 2005, Taïm started out as a humble, all-vegetarian shop focusing on Israeli street food in New York City’s West Village. It gained a following for its falafel, adding more locations and a food truck to the Big Apple and was named the eighth best restaurant in the West Village by GrubHub in 2018.

The company first expanded in 2019 with a restaurant in Georgetown outside of New York. That location closed this year, but DC still has a branch in Dupont Circle.

With a restaurant in New Jersey opening in June, Taïm now has eight locations total and plans to double that number this year with additional locations in New York, New Jersey and Maryland, according to QSR Magazine.

Pimmit Hills Taïm will be adjacent to China King in a newly partitioned area that was once home to Pet Supplies Plus. Two additional suites created from the former pet supply store — one with 1,518 square feet of gross floor area and one with 2,130 square feet — are still available, according to property manager Federal Realty’s site plan.

Petrilli says the menu of homemade pita and rice bowls will complement existing tenants at Tysons Station, which will be anchored by Trader Joe’s and retailers like Whole Foods in Idylwood Plaza across the street.

Outdoor seating will be provided, according to Petrilli.

In addition to falafel, the menu features chicken and cauliflower shawarma — a fan favorite, Petrilli says — as well as crispy eggplant, fried meatballs, vegan kebabs, and a variety of sides like fries. Dishes include rice bowls, pitas, and salads.

“We introduce new menu items, seasonal dishes and toppings or sauces about three times a year,” Petrilli said. “We just introduced sweet potato fries with beaten garlic. There are family dishes and menus for children.

According to Petrilli, all the dishes are prepared from scratch using ingredients “from the best growing regions in the world,” including 18 herbs and spices, all imported, and pita from the baker.

“There are few options in America like Taïm that better cater to your desire for quality, home-cooked food served quickly at an affordable price,” he said. “We offer that rare intersection of what people want and what’s good for them, and the first bite always has customers raving about the quality.”