Tucked Away: Gypsy Kitchen

gypsy kitchen5Whenever I travel, I ask the locals where to eat. Sure, you can look on Yelp and Google for the most popular chain restaurants, but what about those places that are tucked away like a well-kept secret? Gypsy Kitchen is tucked away in the Refectory building at the Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Owners of Gypsy Kitchen, Ed and Ellen Diller, met each other when Ed helped start another local favorite, Jethro’s Restaurant, back in 1978. He hired Ellen as his baker. After travelling to New York and working as a chef in a few restaurants at the same time, Ed journeyed back to the town he now calls home, Lancaster, to sell real estate.

gypsy kitchen4Ed and Ellen began catering broker’s open houses and other events. And that’s how they found their current location. They catered a party at the Refectory and were asked if they knew anyone who would want to rent the kitchen. “I told them, ‘Me!'” says Ed. “That’s how we came up with the name Gypsy Kitchen, because we had always traveled around with no definitive kitchen up until that point.” Gypsy Kitchen allows the Dillers to be fully immersed in what they love to do.

gypsy kitchen1Another love story blossomed behind the scenes. Ed’s other chef, Sui Din, and Amoe Lian met when Sui Din began working at Gypsy Kitchen two years ago. They fell in love, and are now married.

What you will experience at Gypsy Kitchen is friendliness and incredible, fresh food.

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View their incredible menu here.

gypsy kitchen2Gypsy Kitchen
555 West James Street
Lancaster, 17602
(717) 824-2714

Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.