Opening a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. The Funk brothers can attest to that, as their latest venture, Per Diem, which is located at Hotel Rock Lititz, recently passed the six-month mark. “We’ve spent that time getting our feet under us,” says Josh Funk. Now, with the staff established and positive feedback coming from guests, he feels it’s time to get those feet moving!
Early in the morning, an unfamiliar chill and damp air roll in. The leaves are tinged with color, announcing autumn’s brilliant arrival. Nestling up to a hot breakfast, a bite of buttery apple pancakes, warm from within, puts the chill at bay with notes of cinnamon and maple syrup. In the background, the sleepy sputter of a two-stroke 1947 McCormick Deering Farmall H tractor awakens with a crank as a hayride is queued at the Hay Creek Apple Festival.
Ever since it was named “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2013, Lititz has become a fixture on “Best” lists that extoll any number of small-town virtues. Now, thanks to an explosion of new eateries and food/beverage purveyors, Lititz is positioning itself to conquer food-related surveys.