Member Spotlight

August Member Spotlight

Pictured left to right: Marshall Snively, President of Lancaster City Alliance, with Melissa Rodriguez Hernandez, owner of El Jibarito, and Dave Aichele, Executive Director of the Downtown Investment District.

Melissa Rodriguez Hernandez had a dream to honor her heritage through the art of Puerto Rican cuisine in her local community of Lancaster City. Located at 602 S. Lme Street, El Jibarito is a center for many Latinos to get a taste of their island home. 


El Jibarito’s take-out-only service offers progressive access to authentic meals at accessible prices and easy delivery. Food can be ordered at the pick-up window. 


In the summer, El Jibarito blooms with casual outside seating to enjoy take-out behind a backsplash of hand-painted murals.  Melissa and her husband, Luis Hernandez, both share a love of visual art and have hired both family members and local artists to inspire the space. 


Melissa opened the restaurant in loving remembrance of her father. Hernandez also credits her restaurant ownership to her children for supporting her dream.