JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's been anything but business as usual for restaurants and other shops in the downtown area during the Michael Dunn trial.
For Pita Pit, it's meant a very special food order -- from the jury in the case.
"What we did is put numbers on each pita. Then we just took it down," said Annd Patel.
That's how Patel said he delivered lunch to the jurors last Saturday. The owner of Pita Pit, located just steps from the courthouse, said he got a call from the administrators there with the order.
And while he normally puts names on his orders, he didn't do that for this sequestered jury.
"I did ask. I said, 'I can put names on there,' but they were like specific, 'No,'" Patel said. "We want numbers. And we have to respect that."
Patel said he wasn't able to deliver the food directly to the jury. He had to drop it off with security.
As for what they ordered, they had individual pitas like the Dagwood, the Prime Rib, and ham and turkey pitas, Patel said.
And there were some special requests.
"A lot of people don't like tomatoes, onions, you know," Patel said. "I think there's a gyro there, no tomatoes, no onions, but no nothing specific out of the ordinary."
So far, Pita Pit has only delivered food to the jury once during the trial. But the owner said the trial overall has been great for building his business.
And if another call comes, Patel said he'll be ready to make and deliver pitas marked without names, just numbers.
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