The Pit may sound like a strange name for a cafe, but maybe that's because a former eatery in the same location was known for slinging coffee and bagels. The Pit Cafe, at 1986 Addison Ave. E. in Twin Falls, is serving more.
"It's just kind of a fun name I thought up," owner Stephanie Ford said Tuesday. "It sounded suitable."
The cafe opened at the end of April, in the former location of Zulu Bagels and Java Jungle, and has since been serving coffee and fresh doughnuts as well as scratch-made barbecue sandwiches.
The Pit's meats are dry rubbed with a signature blend of 14 spices and slow roasted for 19 hours, Ford said. The Flamin' Jalapeno Sandwiches come with barbecue sauce and are piled with pickled peppers.
"All of our sauces and rubs are homemade," Ford said.
So are the doughnuts, which come with house-made glazes such as maple and bacon maple.
Ford owns a day care in Twin Falls. Her experience comes from years of cooking at home.
"It's just a hobby," Ford said.
The Pit has a wine and beer license. The dining room and drive-through are open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Pit is an entirely new business, Ford said, but it will pick up where Zulu left off with The Pit After Hours in its upstairs dining room. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.