Cooking Up a Revolution

 Cooking Up a Revolution

Revolution Rotisserie expands to a second location in Pleasant Ridge

By Will Jones

What began as Nicholas Pesola’s idea of adding a twist to the traditional gyro has now turned into two brick and mortar restaurants called Revolution Rotisserie and Bar, with the latest opening in Pleasant Ridge.

“In hindsight I didn’t have the culinary experience to start a restaurant but fortunately for me, I’m an incredibly resilient person and I put in as many hours as necessary to learn what I need to learn,” he says.

After testing different meats and recipes with pita sandwiches he discovered many people took a particular liking to his rotisserie chicken pitas. In 2014, he turned to the historic Findlay Market for help in turning his idea into reality.

“I reached out to the Findlay Market family and they put their arms around me and helped me to be successful. Without them I would’ve crashed and burned. I’d asked them for recipes, tips on how to store food, how to store dishes outside when I was selling my food from a tent—they really helped me get off the ground,” he says.

After selling his pitas to over 1,000 people in just a day at Taste of OTR, he saw the perfect opportunity to open his first restaurant on Race Street. The business found success in Over-the-Rhine in just under three years and Pesola saw the opportunity for expansion.

“I wanted to be in another place where there was community engagement and a bar and restaurant scene in which people cared about,” he says when discussing his reason for selecting Pleasant Ridge as the second restaurant location. He says the new restaurant offers more space and a more efficient kitchen flow. There is also more storage room for craft beers as well as two walk-in areas to keep more food.

As guests dine at Revolution Rotisserie they’ll see the dishes are named after figures who played major roles in revolutions throughout time and the world. Pesola wants guests to learn something about people that contributed to great causes in the world while they enjoy his food.

“If nothing else it makes the experience memorable,” he says.

Revolution Rotisserie offers a variety of chicken pitas or “chitas” such as its popular Nelson Mandela that is topped with pepperjack, black beans, corn chips, cilantro, tomato and chipotle ranch. For appetizers guests can try a variety of items like the deviled eggs or the poutine. For dinner the restaurant offers all natural, antibiotic-free rotisserie chickens with a side like crimini mushrooms, crispy Brussels or mac and cheese, to name a few. It also has brunch items such as shrimp and grits as well as a full-service bar on Sundays.

Pesola is excited that his brand is growing with the Pleasant Ridge entertainment district and he aims to have Revolution Rotisserie be the restaurant guests can come to relax and get good food.

He says “We want to be a staple in the community and around for years to come just like the Gaslight Cafe and Pleasant Ridge Chili.” Two locations: Pleasant Ridge, 6063 Montomgery Road, and Over-the-Rhine, 1106 Race St. M-Th 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m.