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Early Dinner at The Lunch Room

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.



Our mission
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.

Our story
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.

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  • Andrea

    Thanks for hosting, Diane, what a fun evening out! It was nice to meet you and I look forward to more events with your group :)

    October 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gong golfing first. I will try to make it however may not get there with all the football game traffic. Have a good time.

    October 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This place did put in a mini bar as well which got rid of a couple seats so its a tad smaller. Hopefully weather is good and outdoor seats will be available!

    October 9, 2014

  • Sandra

    I'm ushering at the Purple Rose this day and am not sure I'll be done in time. I'm updating to no but hope to make an event soon.

    October 9, 2014

  • Diane

    Please remember to update your RSVP for the early dinner at the Lunchroom. Although there is not a reservation, it would be nice to tell the restaurant the number of people to expect.

    Also, this is an order at the counter and grab a table place to eat. So if you are not the type of person who can go with the flow and potentially have to wait to sit, then this meetup is not for you. The restaurant is not that big and our large group will make it quite crowded. If the weather is nice out, we can sit outside on the patio. Saturday should be 57 degrees with no rain.

    October 8, 2014

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