Philadelphia, PA - What began as a small business idea almost 10 years ago had turned into reality for Rowhome Coffee owners Eli Shaika and Hugh Morretta last month.
Rowhome Coffee Brings Specialty Coffee and Unique Eats to Filter Square
After hearing of an opportunity to take over a nearly 150-year-old barroom in the Fitler Square neighborhood, Hugh and Eli, friends since high school, decided to set up their own coffee shop.
Hugh found his way into the specialty coffee business at La Colombe, where he gained experience and knowledge of the coffee industry as the company's award-winning head roaster.
Hugh has brought his roasting skills as well as some La Colombe specialties to the new shop, some of which you typically don't find at other coffee shops.
Such as single-origin beans from Ethiopia and Guatemala, to name a few of the rotating coffees you can find at Rowhome.
Rowhome also offers handcrafted espresso beverages, carefully prepared in their La Marzocco machine by a team of talented baristas, and they look as delightful as they taste.
Both Eli and Hugh are committed to continuing to serve their community. "It's overwhelming in some ways and humbling in others, and both of us are very grateful for it all."
Rowhome Coffee and Philly Pretzel Sandwich
The current center of attention at Rowhome, which is currently taking social media by storm, is their must-try Philly Soft Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich. "Our concept was Philly-based foods that embodied comfort and quality," said co-owner Eli.
All sandwiches are prepared with meat by local butchers and even vegan sausage and cheese as well. It's the sandwich bun; however, that is taking some by surprise. Eli took a different approach when creating the breakfast menu and decided to say no to bagels.
He was inspired by his wife, who grew up eating Philly Soft Pretzels for breakfast with her father every morning. His concept to take the classic breakfast sandwich, and replace the bagel with a soft pretzel, quickly made its way to social media, gaining much attention.
While only a month into their venture, Rowhome Coffee is growing and looking forward to becoming a staple neighborhood coffee shop. As they look towards the future,