Software, Pitas and Pizza

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Peter Karmanos Jr., Compuware Corp. chairman and CEO, is venturing into the restaurant industry by becoming the franchisee of the co-branded restaurant Papa Romano’s and Mr. Pita, the first such restaurant in Detroit.

It’s a return to restaurant roots for Karmanos, whose parents use to run a coney island.

His new 1,800-square-foot co-branded restaurant is in the Compuware building at One Campus Martius and is Detroit’s fourth Papa Romano’s and fifth Mr. Pita.

The restaurant will offer dine-in and carryout as well as a bicycle delivery service for nearby orders. It will also offer a regular delivery service for orders farther away. Mr. Pita and Papa Romano’s are owned by Askar Brands, which generated $40.4 million in 2007.

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