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Compton Cafe

Compton Café

The Café is now open for the season!

Start your day at the Compton Café or take a break during your visit. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced gourmet cuisine from Josh Hunter, chef of Zagat-rated Terrace Street Bistro in Manayunk.

The Compton Café is directly behind Widener Visitor Center. There are ample tables under the tent: perfect to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a snack with your family or friends. Morris Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount at Compton Café.

If you’re visiting while the Café is closed, Chestnut Hill is just down the street with lots of great restaurant choices. Check their website here.

Regular Hours

April 1 - April 30, 2015: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am - 2:30pm
May 1 - October 4, 2015: Monday through Sunday from 10:00am - 2:30pm
June 3 - August 26, 2015: Wednesdays 10:00am - 7:30pm
October 5 - November 1, 2015: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am - 2:30pm

Regular Café Menu

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The Compton Café is operated by Chef Josh Hunter of Company's Coming Catering.

Date Nights at the Compton Café

Wednesdays, July 22 and August 5, 19 & 26; 5-7:30pm

Come sample the inspired cuisine of Chef Josh Hunter on these special Wednesday evenings. Each Wednesday different entrees will be offered in addition to the regular café menu. BYOB.

Wednesday, August 19 Menu

BBQ Brisket, Mac and cheese, Collard Greens, Corn Bread $27.00 per person
OR Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, Mac and cheese
Full Rack $30.00
Half Rack $25.00
Chef’s Special Dessert: Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake $4.00

Wednesday, August 26 Menu

Grilled Mahi Mahi, Corn and Black Bean relish, Rice Pilaf, Asparagus
OR Petite Filet Mignon, Demi Glace, Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus
$30.00 Per Person
Chef’s Special Dessert: Crème Brule with fresh Berries $6.00

3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®!

Compton Café at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. We have implemented 66 steps and earned 175.67 GreenPoints™. Compton Cafe is proud to offer great food, quality service, and green piece-of-mind to our customers. By dining with us, you're reducing your own environmental impact! For more information about our Certification and to view all of the steps we've taken with the GRA, click here.

We've met the environmental standards of the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit that has been greening restaurants since 1990. We've earned 175.67 GreenPoints™ by taking 66 environmental steps, including:
• Sourcing Sustainable Food
• Conserving Energy and Water
• Minimizing Chemical Pollution
• Reducing Waste through Recycling

The average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of garbage each year. That's the same size as some of the largest whales in the ocean, and more than the weight of 10 elephants combined! The majority of this garbage will end up in landfills, when in reality, 95% of that waste can be, and should be, recycled. Compton Cafe at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is reducing its environmental impact and sending less waste to area landfills with a full-scale recycling program. Powered by TCPDF.

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Renovation of the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center

Renovations began in January on the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. The project includes the expansion of the building’s main entrance, and the installation of automatic front doors that will comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The entrance will also be more stroller friendly, making it easier for families to navigate the building.

Visitor Center Plaza
In addition to the improvements being made to the building itself, the surrounding plaza will also be enlarged and enhanced.A new 30x30 area will provide a larger gathering space for tours, and will help reduce congestion on high visitation days. The larger terrace will also feature sitting walls and benches toprovide additional seating.

Membership Kiosk
The membership kiosk will be relocated within the plaza and will be expanded to enable staff to welcome visitors more efficiently. New plantings will be added. When finished, the area will provide a pleasant, relaxing space for visitors to gather and linger.

Closure and Visitor Access
The Shop at Morris Arboretum will remain closed until construction is completed toward the end of March. Visitors and those enrolled in classes may encounter inconveniences which we apologize for in advance. The Visitor Center remains open for programs (like classes) and conveniences. Look for signage indicating an alternative entrance.

Special Thanks
Morris Arboretum wishes to thank longtime Arboretum friend, Edith Dixon for making these enhancements possible. This attractive new area will allow the Arboretum to accommodate a broader audience and its improved functioning will enhance the experience of every visitor.


Construction Notice:

Parking Lot Closed September 21, 22 and 23.

Morris Arboretum’s parking lot is being repaved September 21, 22 and 23. Our parking lot is a demonstration lot for its sustainability. Installed 25 years ago as one of the first of its kind, the parking lot has filtered into the earth about 31,863,304 gallons of precipitation from the Wissahickon watershed. But the time has come for it to be renewed.

The entire parking lot will be closed September 21, 22 and 23. Auxiliary parking will be available at the bottom of the hill (near the kiosk) and shuttle service will be provided to the top of the hill. ADA access will be limited. No buses will be permitted beyond the kiosk.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping our parking lot sustainable and our visitors safe. Thanks for your patience.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.