Lincoln family quit jobs to join new burger van

A Lincoln mother and her two children, and a close family friend, all quit their jobs during lockdown to start a new burger business.

Rachel Parkins, 30, who used to work at a branch of One Stop in Lincoln, will be managing the Grillin’ N Chillin’ burger van which opened for the first time in the JTF car park on Greetwell Road on Monday, August 10.

Kirsty Dyker, who has been Rachel’s best friend for around 20 years, will help with the catering alongside her mum Joanne and her brother Jack.

Kirsty and Joanne, aged 30 and 53, already have four years of catering experience from their previous job together at Greenhouse Coffee Shop on Burton Road in Lincoln.

Jack, 25, has joined forces with his mother, sister and Rachel after leaving his job at Tesco.

Homemade cheesecakes are on the menu at Grillin’ N Chillin’. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Grillin’ N Chillin’ sells food including burgers breakfast baps, hotdogs, chips, jacket potatoes and baguettes with fresh fillings.

Homemade cheesecakes, brownies, almond slices and cookies are also on the menu, alongside drinks including tea, coffee, cans of pop and caramel lattes.

Or why not try a homemade brownie? Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Joanne told The Lincolnite: “I used to work with Kirsty before at a cafe and we (Joanne, Kirsty and Jack) all live together and we get on great as a team.

“The first week has been really good and quite busy and the staff at JTF have been really supportive of us.”

Rachel added: “I’ve wanted a burger bar for a while and decided in lockdown to get it up and running.

“The Dyker family are good friends and they were looking for a change of scene, so they came on board with me.

“We have had loads of support from the public and JTF and it has picked up really well so far.”

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