Gracie's on West Main opened its doors in June of 2013 with the simple desire to provide fresh, homemade food to the local community. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweet treats, Gracie's on West Main is the perfect place for a quick bite to-go, a casual meal with friends, or to host a business or personal event!
We are committed to serving quality food, made fresh from scratch, and sourced locally when possible. Our meats are smoked in-house, our jams and salad dressings are made fresh ourselves, and all our baked goods are made in-house. It is our goal to be active in the Leola business community, serving those who live and work in this neighborhood.
Our mission is to continue and honor the tradition and values of the great men and women who went before us... From Great-Nana Komlodi's Hungarian pastry stand at the Reading Fairgrounds Market to Nana Rose's luncheonette, from Mom and Dad's ice cream parlor in Lancaster City to Uncle Joe's many restaurants in Reading PA or Aunt Shirley and Uncle Morris' restaurants in Denver PA- great food and quality service runs in our blood!
Mariella "Gracie" Volker was raised in Lancaster County. She grew up in the city above her parents' ice cream parlor and sandwich shop, watching her parents feed the neighborhood and sneaking ice cream cones when mom wasn't looking. When she wasn't running around the ice cream parlor, she was running around the fields of Leola at her aunt and uncle's house trying to keep up with her older cousins. Many a summer's day was spent in this very community. She also spent a lot of time learning to bake from her mom, especially at Christmas time when cookie making took over the kitchen. Dozens and dozens of cookies went out each year to every family member, friend, and teacher. Gracie graduated from Westminster College in 2008 with a degree in history, but somehow found her way back into the cookie making world not long after. She managed a small cafe and bakery in Strasburg PA for 3 years before opening Gracie's on West Main.
Jim was born and raised in Berks County, in West Lawn outside of Reading. From a very young age, Jim knew he was destined to become a chef. At five years old, Jim could be found standing on a chair pulled over to the stove making eggs for breakfast. He entered the culinary program in high school, and was quickly the head of his class. At 16, he was running a kitchen himself at a local restaurant. From fine dining to a casual bistro setting, his culinary skills were diverse. However, it was in the pizza business where he hit his stride, owning several shops in Reading. After trying his hand at sales for a few years, it wasn't long before the kitchen started calling his name again... and he planted a bug in his wife Gracie's ear to open their own place.