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Faith Smith and Bala Adhikari, co-owners of Lancaster Cheesesteak Co. inside the new Lancaster restaurant. 

Lancaster Cheesesteak Co. has opened in downtown Lancaster with its namesake sandwiches as well as some traditional Lancaster County foods.

The restaurant at 43 W. King St. features a half-dozen cheesesteaks named for Lancaster city streets, including a traditional Italian-style cheesesteak with onions and red sauce and a chicken cheesesteak with mango chutney and curry sauce. The sandwiches are either 18 or 9 inches long.

Side dishes and desserts include potato and macaroni salads as well as red beet eggs, potato chips, shoo-fly pie and whoopie pies.

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Eric Herr works the grill at Lancaster Cheesesteak Co. 

Lancaster Cheesesteak Co. is owned and managed by Faith Smith, who is partnering with Bala Adhikari, an owner of Namaste Restaurant in East Hempfield Township.

Smith, who was born and raised in Lancaster, has some experience working in restaurants but spent most of her career as a heavy equipment operator.

Before opening, the owners oversaw some $80,000 in renovations, which included putting in new kitchen equipment.

The restaurant eventually will have seating for around 40, with high-topped tables and a window counter added to some existing tables. There are six employees.

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Lancaster Cheesesteak Co. features a half-dozen cheesesteaks named for Lancaster city streets. 

The restaurant features the work of local artists and Smith says she hopes to eventually host events such as karaoke or movie nights.

Lancaster Cheesesteak takes a space that recently had been an H&R Block location and was the longtime home of Jason’s clothing store. Jason’s closed in 2014 after more than 50 years in business.


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