After the Fustini Oil and Vinegar tasting we will go next door to try the best Vegan food around. This is a small, casual, and inexpensive place. Hopefully we can get enough seats for us. They don't take reservations. I am not placing a limit on the number of people because there is not a reservation. It is early enough that it is unlikely there will be a problem. If there is not enough room for everyone then some can go to another near by eatery.
The mission of The Lunch Room is to prepare high-quality, nutritious vegan food, and to demonstrate the breadth and versatility of plant-based whole foods. The Lunch Room, when possible, uses local and organic produce, makes everything from scratch from fine ingredients, and emphasizes environmental sustainability.
The people behind The Lunch Room are Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo. We are good friends and next-door neighbors who love to cooking and serving vegan food. We share a philosophy that “work” should be the pursuit of what you love and should reflect your values and interests. Our work embraces freedom, creativity, fun, egalitarianism, social justice, and community.
The Lunch Room began as a twinkle in Joel’s and Phillis’ eye in the summer of 2010. We started out by preparing dinner parties and brunches for friends, featuring experimental vegan dishes. We then named and branded our business, purchased our signature cafeteria trays, and from October 2010 through February 2011 hosted a series of “pop-up” dining events at local retail establishments.
The Lunch Room’s next step was to open a food cart. The Lunch Room cart operated during the 2011 and 2012 seasons at the downtown Ann Arbor food cart courtyard, Mark’s Carts. There we developed and honed a menu, made many new friends, and built our business. We were even voted “Best Food Cart” in Current Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards! In October 2012 The Lunch Room wrapped up a successful second season at Mark’s Carts and decided to move on to bigger adventures.
In August 2013 we opened our restaurant in Kerrytown. Come see us for lunch and dinner daily, Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch. Take home some goodies from our bakery!
Parking info: The Farmer's Market at Kerrytown runs until 3:00pm. You will need to park in the surface lots on the corner of fourth and Catherine, in the parking lot at Community High School or in the parking structure on Catherine/Miller and Ashley. Meters are active until 6pm and free afterwards.