Point of Destination Cafe: New Name, New Offerings
There will be more vegetarian dishes at the new Cafe Mills.
You can expect a new feel at Point of Destination Cafe if you walk in through the familiar doors at Upsal Station at any point in the near future.
Owner Carroll Tillman is stepping back after being at the forefont of its operations for 12 years. She's turning the primary operations over to James Mitchell, who operated Cafe at the Mills in East Falls before it closed recently.
That restaurant had a variety of vegetarian options, and Mitchell is bringing that menu to the new cafe, which will now be called Cafe Mills: Your Point of Destination.
It will feature vegan pastries like sweet potato bread, a vegan chili that Mitchell makes himself, vegetarian pizza and burgers (like sweet potato and black bean).
There's some meat on the menu, like fish and chicken. But there's no beef at all, and Mitchell avoids frying his dishes.
Mitchell thinks Mt. Airy is a particularly good spot for him.
"It's a nice, diverse cultural community," he said. "There are a lot of eco-friendly people. This is where I need to be."
Tillman, meanwhile, decided to turn the cafe over to Mitchell—they met through a mutual friend—after having a tough year personally.
Her mother died this year. Watching that, she said, made her reevaluate her time spent in the world. "You should focus on living a life you love," she said.
Tillman will still be involved—and will work a bit with Mitchell, as will her 14-year old son—but she'll definitely be in the backseat.
She wants to do some writing about her experiences with the cafe and will spend more time with her children as well.
Tillman has been moving toward vegetarianism a bit in recent years, so she said it makes sense for her to give the cafe over to Mitchell.
"I wanted to leave it to someone with the same type of spirit," she said.
The cafe will still hold events in its upstairs performance area and will continue to maintain a garden outside. Its hours will be extended to allow late night commuters to take home dinner. (A small takeout area across the street will offer packaged sandwiches and salads.)
But Point of Destination will continue to have WiFi and maintain a cafe feel.
"We're not changing that drastically," Mitchell said.
Cafe Mills: Your Point of Destination is at Upsal Station, 6460 Greene St. 215-849-7771. New hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)