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King of Donair visit to Calgary spurs lineup of 400 people

The lineup sprawled across two blocks at the King of Donair pop-up in Calgary's Kensington neighbourhood March 4, 2016. Loren Andreae / Global News

A pop-up donair shop hit Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood Friday afternoon—and it turns out the Halifax-style beef pita is popular out west. The lineup at its longest sprawled across two blocks, stemming from Meraki Supply Co. on 10 Street N.W.

The restaurant King of Donair has laid claim to the creation of the donair, which has been called one of eight delicacies of Canada.

King of Donair cooked up hundreds of their beef pitas Friday afternoon in Calgary. Loren Andreae / Global News

Original donairs feature spicy donair meat, which is cooked on a large rotating spit and shaved to order, fresh tomato and onion, and sweet garlicy donair sauce all wrapped in a pita. It was declared the new “official” food of the city of Halifax in December 2015.

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Proceeds from the pop up event in Calgary will go to charity, the restaurant said on its Twitter account ahead of the event. It runs at Meraki Supply Co. until 6 p.m. Friday.

The lineup sprawled across two blocks at the King of Donair pop-up in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood March 4, 2016. Loren Andreae / Global News

With files from Global’s Heide Pearson