About - The Imperial Restaurant
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The Imperial has a rich past. Since 1812, ordinary people as well as US presidents have graced this very spot. Community as well as country have been the hot topics of discussion and change, right here. Today, the restaurant founders and staff take pride in bringing you the history of this storied location infused with the food and flavors of the present. Click here to learn more about The Imperial’s rich history.

Meet the people of The Imperial

Abou Kouyate

From taste to presentation, coupled with an infectious smile that greets his customers and his staff alike, The Imperial Restaurant and Ballrooms could not be more excited to welcome Chef Abou aboard to lead our team – and to welcome a great addition to Lancaster City’s outstanding food scene.

Born and raised in Guinea, West Africa, Chef “Abou” is a self-taught culinary professional with great ambition and focus toward his goals of culinary excellence, teaching and inspiring others to reach their full potential. Opportunity has put him on a path that led him to The Imperial, where his unique and eclectic talents and flavors pair perfectly with colorful, artistic atmosphere of our restaurant.

Outside of the kitchen, Chef is just as interesting, with fascinating stories and life experiences that include his time working for the United Nations and speaking a multitude of languages.

professional artist/designer
Noelle Turco

An artist at heart and a designer by profession, Noelle is the owner of Lancaster-based Red House Design Company. She was Artistic Director at Carr’s Restaurant for 14 years and her artistic style has warmed and invigorated the ​walls and interiors of numerous ​homes and organizations. From The Imperial Restaurant’s funky décor to its whimsical, colorized vintage photos, Noelle has designed a space that connects the history of our building and City and brings it to life. Her creativity has also influenced the ​adjacent Imperial Ballrooms and is weaved throughout the hotel’s interior, down to the historic painted photographs adorning the walls of the rooms.

bar manager
Patrick McGettigan

Patrick was born in Lancaster and loves his hometown. After leaving to study music at college in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, he arrived back in the area to begin working in the restaurant business in 2011. His passion for creative mixed drinks and craft brew favorites led him to hold various positions including bartender at Character’s Pub and Carr’s Restaurant. Patrick is ultimately focused on friendly, community-oriented service that keeps customers coming back and enjoying the moment. Bringing that kind of atmosphere to The Imperial is a dream come true.

John Meeder & Sam Wilsker

John and Sam are business partners who share a penchant for the revitalization of Lancaster City. In 2013, they purchased the Brunswick Hotel—a Lancaster heritage site that had fallen on difficult times. They converted it into The Hotel Lancaster, revitalizing the building to enhance the growing, thriving community. Today, they are fully renovating the hotel, developing even more updates and continuing to cultivate the city. They opened The Imperial Restaurant—a restaurant on the corner of Queen and Chestnut streets that anchors the hotel and provides Lancaster with a unique, unforgettable dining experience.