Not your typical location for a café, its presence didn’t come easily but its creator refused to give up. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy our story!
Sullivan’s Scrap Yard is a booming scrap metal processing company with two locations throughout Philadelphia. The main location and headquarters is located in the heart of industrial Hatboro. Its size spans three blocks and having been present for 10+ years it is a Hatboro landmark. Sullivan’s Scrap deals with ferrous and nonferrous metal as well as roll off containers and commercial services. You can’t think of metal in Philadelphia without Sullivan’s coming to mind.
Mike Whalen, owner, and operator of Sullivan’s Scrap Yard has never been your typical businessman. Right from the start he set out to do things differently and was never afraid to pursue unconventional ideas.
For years, Mike and staff would serve coffee to customers who came into the Hatboro Sullivan’s location. They enjoyed serving local coffee and soon became known for their standout business approach. Mike a frequent traveler and a coffee snob by his own admission always made it a point to visit coffee shops throughout the country and after each trip would return to Sullivan’s full of ideas from incredible café’s he visited.
One of the things Mike loved about the scrap business was that old things could be repurposed and reused. Something discarded could find new meaning and its beauty re-found. This was often done in spare areas at Sullivan’s (another dream that needed a home). As Sullivan’s grew an onsite building formerly used as an office became available and Mike knew it was time to bring his two loves (metal & coffee) together and ReDefined Café was born.
Redefined Café took a tremendous amount of planning as the first establishment of its kind to be formed in an industrial area. The city embraced the idea and together Mike worked with Hatboro to bring his dream alive. The building underwent extensive remodeling as the business took shape. Mike invested in local businesses by serving local coffee and expanded into light sandwiches and food items. The space featured a comfortable, trendy area for a lunch break, or cup of joe with repurposed items and fantastic antiques for sale throughout as well as a workshop in the rear.
Unfortunately, soon after, the Corona Virus / Covid 19 pandemic gripped the world and ReDefined was forced to close. In typical Mike fashion however, the dream did not die it simply slept.
Steel Penny Cafe is a rare, unique & one-of-a-kind cafe – just like the 1943 coin. Inspired by recycling surroundings, Sullivan’s Scrap Metals and repurposing you need to know about the steel penny.
Story time…Steel pennies were only manufactured for one year in 1943. There was a shortage of brass and bronze since they used the metals including copper (found in brass/bronze) to make shells for artillery during the war effort. Due to the shortage, they needed to still make the penny. They used recycled steel but with problems. They rusted. They are magnetic (and got stuck in vending machines. So the mint recalled 10M or so of them to melt. There are some in rare circulation today.
Our name is almost as unique as our cozy coffee corner where you’ll find hanging lights, funky antiques & a ton of LOVE for all things that keep us caffeinated using La Colombe coffee. Come check us out or order delivery in Hatboro – where we call home!