Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo founded The Lunch Room. They are good friends and next-door neighbors who love cooking and serving vegan food. They share a philosophy that “work” should be the pursuit of what you love and should reflect your values and interests. Their 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. They started out by preparing dinner parties and brunches for friends, featuring experimental vegan dishes.
The Lunch Room first created 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 they developed and honed a menu, made many new friends, and built their business. They 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 they opened their restaurant in Kerrytown. Come visit for lunch and dinner daily, Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch. Take home some goodies from their bakery!