Homeroom is a throwback cafe in Gladwyne for chef Henry Morgan


You can go home, as discovered Chief Henry Morgan.

Almost a decade ago, fresh out of Penn Charter, the Wynnewood native cooked and worked front of house at Green Bean Coffee at 358 Righters Mill Rd. in Gladwyne Village, which later became Gladwyne Corner Cafe. Then came seven years of work at Center City for Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, including stops at Dizengoff, Abe Fisher and Merkaz.

On March 15, 29-year-old Morgan opens Homeroom in that same cozy and bright corner of Gladwyne at Righters Mill and Youngs Ford Roads. It presents Homeroom as a modern neighborhood cafe with an affordable, seasonal breakfast and lunch menu and a rotating installation of home decor items for sale. He brought in Sean Connelly, whom he met at CookNSolo, to manage.

Morgan got decorating help from her mother, Lauren Sara, and designer Melissa Urdang Bodie of Melissa + Miller Interiors. The dining room’s neutral-stained birch plywood floors, stainless steel cafe, pine furniture and fiberglass chairs contrast sharply with the restroom, featuring wild graphics by local artist Justin Mellon and contributing artists Denise Carbone of WRAPBOOKS and local artist Taylor Hickman. Sara also designed the wooden patio furniture.

Jewish background Morgan informs the menu, which includes a chicken za’atar salad sandwich served with vegetables and dressing; Eggplant sandwich with crispy grilled eggplant, iceberg lettuce, and sweet red pepper sauce (it’s a vegan riff on a BLT); smoked salmon toast with Biederman’s Nouvelle’s smoked salmon, plus labneh capers and dill, radish, and cucumber; and pistachio cake with Labneh icing. He uses Philly-area products like Merzbacher and Baker Street Bread Co., Kismet Bagels, OT Foods granola, and Beef Café.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


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