Westwind Cafe opens March 1

By on February 27, 2019

Anything from vegan avocado burgers to whoopie pies will soon be available and all at one place in Lititz.

That’s because Westwind Cafe, located at 245 Bloomfield Dr., Suite 100 in Lititz, is poised to open March 1.

For co-owner Heidi Ricker, beginning this business venture was a dream come true.

Both her and husband Jason are from Central Pennsylvania, and first met in grad school in Philadelphia. Heidi was eventually recruited to Hershey after graduating from Penn, and is an RN nurse practitioner.

“I got through much of school by serving and being a trainer/manager in the restaurant industry, so it was always a passion,” Ricker says.

Jason is a 2004 graduate of the Culinary Institute of Pennsylvania. After working at The Breakers in West Palm Beach after graduation, he returned to Pennsylvania. He eventually left the restaurant industry, but quickly found himself busy again getting married and building a family.

Owners Jason and Heidi Ricker of the Westwind Cafe iofLititz.

But when a family discussion at the Dragonfly Cafe one morning made the couple aware that the space would soon be available, the pair jumped at the chance to be new business owners.

“We decided to follow both of our dreams and go for it,” Heidi said. “Jason’s older sister owns a coffee shop in Mansfield, and he has always wanted to open one.”

The Ricker’s purchased the space on Jan. 1 and began renovating right away.

According to Heidi, there isn’t more than a few square feet that hasn’t been changed. Some of the many renovations include the entire kitchen being gutted, the floors in the kitchen and dining room being replaced, and the entire interior was repainted. The new owners also tore out the old service area and put in a custom quartz coffee bar complete with counter seating.

“We are absolutely dedicated to world-class service, and the staff we hired share that belief,” Ricker said.

They also added several outlets with USB ports and installed a brand new WiFi system. They have also built bench seating along the wall with custom made cushions.

“We wanted to create a calming environment where people can come and relax for a while,” Ricker said.

A patio for the establishment is also in the works for this spring. 

Westwind Cafe’s menu offers mainly fresh, local ingredients. Their eggs are locally sourced, their coffee is from neighboring Ohio, and roasted just for them. Their hamburgers are never frozen and handmade daily. They will also feature gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian items. The restaurant will also feature Achenbach’s pastries as well as in-house desserts.

“There are few places where you can stop for a great bagel sandwich and coffee in the morning, and grab a fresh and healthy lunch,” Ricker added. “Westwind wants to be that place!”

The couple, who are also busy raising two young boys, love Lititz as well as Lancaster County.

“We want the boys to grow up knowing they live in the community they serve,” Ricker says. “We want them to be proud to be in the neighborhood and take care of their peers. We believe we live in paradise. We just love the area.”

“We are thrilled and beyond excited to be chasing our dream,” she added. “Jason and I value our role as parents higher than anything else we do. We cannot wait to meet so many members of the community.”

Hours of operation for The Westwind Cafe are Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit westwindcafe.com.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423.

3 Comments

  1. Heidi

    March 1, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Cory, thank you so much!!!

  2. Stacey

    March 1, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I can’t wait to try this new place. It sounds amazing!

  3. Brian

    June 13, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Cory… Thank you! Made our first dates day special.

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