More on Rutter’s as a restaurant

New commenter Chrissie Hilliard, along with regular reader and commenter Mark, it turns out, BOTH worked at Rutter’s-the-restaurant, which you’ll remember used to be one of my family’s favorite spots to eat.

Chrissie wrote: “I worked as a hostess at the Rutter’s Restaurant by the Galleria in the summers of 1990 and 1991, I think. The girls had to wear this milkmaid uniform, which looked like a dress straight out of Little House on the Prairie. The most conservative restaurant attire I have ever seen! It was a cozy place and the ice cream sundaes served with a few pretzel sticks were the best. I was sorry to see all of the Rutter’s restaurants close.”

Mark had been there a few years earlier, as a busboy and then cook from 1986 to 1988 at the location on Lightner Road.

What’s interesting is, until now, I didn’t realize that those matched the years my family was eating there. Maybe Mark cooked my food at one location and Chrissie seated us at another! :-)

Even better, I just found a Facebook group called “I grew up in York, PA, in the 70s and 80s,” and one of their many awesome discussions is about the Lightner Road Rutter’s restaurant.

Thank you all for feeding into my love of nostalgia today!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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3 Responses to More on Rutter’s as a restaurant

  1. Julie says:

    I loved that Rutters restaurant. In the ealy 90’s my mom and I used to go get turkey dinners all the time….the best!!!!! I miss The TallyHouse Cafe that use to be in the York Mall.

  2. Mark Grubic says:

    I mos tlikely cooked some of your food…see, you all survived so I must have done good (another Yorkism..hehe) Looking forward to possibly seeing you in October/Nov!!!
    Bis Später!!!
    Von Österreich!!!

  3. Scott C. says:

    There were four Rutter’s Restaurants in York County. There was on Lightner Road, which became Mark’s Place (closed in 1995) and is now a Rutter’s store. There was one at the corner of Whiteford Road and Mount Zion Road where a Metro Bank now stands. The other two restaurants were located in Red Lion (Dairyland Square) and Shrewsbury.

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