Nestled across from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in downtown Lancaster sits Roburritos, a quirky chain restaurant known for its famous burritos. Despite few outside street parking options, a Monday afternoon at the Prince St. location is inhabited by an abundance of flannel clad, hipster art students, who sit in groups or alone, scrolling through their phone or reading over school work. Garage-rock indie music emulates across the open spaced room, made up of part brick, part brightly colored yellow and orange walls.
An undeniable feeling of relaxation can be felt upon entering the area. Diners can choose to sit on a barstool at a counter panel made up of vintage packing crates or opt for one of the two long wooden tables that provide seating for large parties or an invitation for strangers to sit together. Several smaller tables across the back of the room offer a more intimate setting for individuals or pairs.
The service is made to order with employees alternating between cleaning countertops, taking your order and rolling your tortilla. Roburritos employee Megan Bray calls herself a “multi-service restaurant worker,” due to the countless tasks each employee must learn. Smiling as she walks by, you can tell she enjoys her job. “I really love the people and the atmosphere here. It is so laid back, but also fun,” she says.
Although food options depend on the location, this Roburritos offers their signature burritos (which can be altered according to dietary needs such as veganism) quesadillas, burritodillas, taco salads and nachos supreme, the most expensive dish being $8.25. Sides include chips with a choice of guacamole, salsa or hot sauce. Lucky for college students, fountain water is free, as are a side of jalapeños. By 2:30 p.m. the quiet bustle has slowed except for a lone student studying and the occasional customer coming in for take-out.
Before leaving, those who use the bathroom will find a dimly lit, dark colored room with a toilet paper roll strung through chains dangling upon the wall and a R.I.P. skeleton grave stone hanging above a urinal. Also in the restaurant, the strange skeleton decorations that sit upon the empty counter spaces are inspired by the humor of the founder, whose portrait hangs upon the wall as “Robert P. Burrito.” When asked about the uncharacteristic decorations, one waitress jokes that they don’t have to worry about security, because it “already looks like they have been robbed.”
Coming into Roburritos will offer any person a unique experience. Locations include Lancaster, York, Dallastown, East York and Central Market. The Prince St. Location is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Currently, this location participates in First Friday and is BYOB. Above anything else, make sure you have a chat with the employees, all of which had to submit the required 100 word essay application to work at Roburritos.