The Team

Darya Afshari Gault, – Owner

As the daughter of an engineer and an entrepreneur, Darya was motivated to make a career of her own design. After years as a successful stylist, she made her way into owning and operating a thriving salon and spa on Nantucket. With an eye towards self-care and wellness, Darya became inspired by visits to California where organic grab-and-go food and cold pressed juices were kicking off a new trend in plant-based dining options. She found that this struck a chord with her own upbringing, being raised with the influence of Middle Eastern cooking where fresh vegetables and flavorful seasonings take center stage at meal times. Recognizing the need for a new kind of cafe on Nantucket, Darya embarked on yet another successful venture and developed the concept of Lemon Press with her cousin Rachel, opening the restaurant in the summer of 2015.

Rachel Afshari – Co-owner

Rachel grew up on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare and developed an interest in the importance of food systems and a plant-based diet. while studying biology at the University of Massachusetts. Rachel handles all of our day-to-day operations. Rachel grew up on the fresh Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare and developed an interest in the importance of food systems while studying biology at the University of Massachusetts. She’s inspired every day by serving healthy breakfasts, lunches, and beyond to Nantucket. With her sense of community and sensitivity to the environment, she’s spearheaded a community compost and garden at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, educating kids on Nantucket on what she’s most passionate about.

Taylor Minore – Manager

As manager of Lemon Press, Taylor oversees the front of house operations, she loves connecting with every customers, regulars and one-timers alike. She finds inspiration for her work at Lemon Press in many of her favorite places, especially the coffee and tea experienced while traveling through Thailand, Italy, Israel and Bali. She makes Lemon Press a place where people feel comfortable to ask questions, try new things and have a memorable experience.