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The Lunch Room

The Lunch Room

by Renee Ratliff

DSC_0016Ann Arbor’s popular eatery, The Lunch Room, sprung from the desire to offer quality vegan food at economical prices. Phillis Englebert and Joel Panozzo wanted to show that there is a market for an all-vegan restaurant and that vegan food can have wide appeal among the public.

A fast casual restaurant, orders are placed at the counter and food is brought to the tables. Mouthwatering baked goods greet you as you walk in the door. Recipes, made with quality local ingredients, grace the menu. With a staff that is friendly and eager to answer any questions, The Lunch Room demonstrates the perfect balance of atmosphere, service and quality food.  DSC_0005

The Lunch Room started as a pop-up restaurant around the Ann Arbor area. Englebert and Panozzo would prepare meals in Phyllis’ kitchen and then transport them to a local business, morphing it into a restaurant for several hours. The pop-up meals were offered in all different settings including homes, a floral shop and a tattoo parlor. Cafeteria trays were used to serve the food, providing a casual and fun way to present five different courses in each section on the tray.

Engelbert and Panozzo started their food cart May 2011 at Mark’s Carts. Leaving the food cart scene after the 2012 season, they decided on a restaurant as their next step. The restaurant officially opened in August 2013 in Kerrytown. Engelbert and Panozzo put their hearts into this completely custom space with 35 seats inside and 20 outside. An inviting atmosphere, a lot of the elements you see in the restaurant were carefully hand-crafted including cutting table tops, dipping skewers for decorations and painting.

“The best-part or the restaurant is the customers. Having people eat our food, watching the joy it brings.” says Panozzo “It makes all the difference to have hand-made food, and having people recognize that.”

DSC_0018On this completely vegan menu, some of the favorites include BBQ tofu sliders, tempeh Ruben, pad thai and the southwestern salad. All sandwiches can be made gluten-free, and so can many other menu items. Panozzo and Englebert strive to feature a dinner special each night of the week. Specials so far have included a UP night with pasties, sushi night, pizza night and sliders night. Located next to Ann Arbors farmers’ market, there is a commitment to purchase local food and produce. Dinner specials are adjusted to what is in season. Local fruit ends up in the bakery for seasonal creations.  On farmers-market days breakfast is served and there is brunch on Sundays.

The Lunch Room is a community place for all to come and enjoy really tasty, made-from-scratch vegan food. VegMichigan members receive a 10% discount by showing their membership card.

Upcoming Events

Mar
29
Wed
6:00 pm Special March Dinner Club! @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
Special March Dinner Club! @ Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
We have a very special dinner club planned for March at Turmerican Vegetarian Restaurant. Head Chef Jay is preparing a ... Read More >
Apr
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd., Romulus, Mi. 48174. (734) 942-7589. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at Novi Public Library, 45255 W 10 Mile Rd., Novi, Mi. 48375. Contact: ... Read More >
Apr
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Apr
6
Thu
10:00 am Washtenaw Community College Eart... @ Washtenwaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College Eart... @ Washtenwaw Community College
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The WCC Earth Day Celebration is an educational event intended to provide an opportunity for our students and the larger ... Read More >
Apr
9
Sun
3:00 pm Saving The Earth, One Bite at a ... @ Newburg United Methodist Church
Saving The Earth, One Bite at a ... @ Newburg United Methodist Church
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm
Saving The Earth, One Bite at a Time @ Newburg United Methodist Church | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Jeff Hampton, who is an award winning presenter and competitor in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, will  be speaking at ... Read More >
Apr
12
Wed
12:00 pm AT&T’s 6th Annual Health Fair @ AT&T
AT&T’s 6th Annual Health Fair @ AT&T
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
VegMichigan will be passing out educational material and speaking to AT&T employees regarding the health benefits of a plant-based diet ... Read More >
Apr
13
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Apr
30
Sun
10:30 am VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan | Novi | Michigan | United States
The VegFest has been a Michigan tradition for 18 years! Come see what all the excitement is about.  Try free ... Read More >
May
1
Mon
all-day VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
May 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
Jun
1
Thu
all-day VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Dr., Milford, Mi. 48381. (248) 684-0845 ... Read More >
Jun
6
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Jun
8
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >

 

 

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