Welcome to Sinclair’s Sunrise Café & Tea Room! Located at 127 E. State Street in the heart of Historic Kennett Square, PA, the café offers a full breakfast & lunch menu daily with standard fare and healthy options. Enjoy upscale family dining, great food and cool folks in the new age/retro environment. The breakfast menu includes omelets, poached eggs specialties, gourmet whole grain pancakes & cafe made oat French toast served with real maple syrup. The lunch menu features sandwiches, quiche, salads, burgers and homemade soup.
Also offered are over 25 premium loose teas (by the cup or by weight), tea paraphernalia & house specialty pancake mixes, chutneys, salad dressings, jams and hot sauces.
Open Mon through Fri 7am-2pm; Sat & Sun 8am-2pm.
We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa & Discover.
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D. Lynn Sinclair, owner Sinclair's Sunrise Cafe & Tearoom
The Sinclair Family has been proudly serving Kennett Square since 1796, when Samuel Sinclair was appointed Justice of the Peace for Kennett & Marlborough townships. He was portrayed as “Squire Sinclair” in the wedding chapter in Bayard Taylor's "The Story of Kennett”. The Squire and his wife, Mary Berry of Talbot county, MD had 4 sons and 2 daughters. The family lived at Sycamore Ridge Farm on Chandler Mill Road for over 100 years. Son Wiliam and his wife, Elizabeth Plankington, had 2 children, Samuel and Wilhelmina. William was killed in a farming accident in 1841, and was buried in the Quaker cemetery behind the post office. Young Samuel's sister died in 1841, too.
Samuel & Mary's grandson, Samuel was orphaned at a young age and eventually inherited the farm. He married Mary Emma Miller and they had 5 sons and 1 daughter and hosted many fox hunts at the farm. Samuel donated a few acres on South Street to St. Patrick's Catholic Church to build their church. Several years after his wife's death, Samuel moved to W. State Street. One of Samuel's sons, William, remained on the farm until 1905, when he and his wife sold it an moved to Magnolia Street.
Samuel's son, Horace, my great grandfather, married Frances Graff of Birmingham Township. They raised 4 children on the farm there, where Horace farmed and helped his father-in-law with a picnic ground called "Graff's Meadows". In 1910, they moved to the Borough of Kennett Square and lived at “Fairthorn Farm” on North Union Street. Horace was a gentleman farmer while Frannie served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Willim W. Fahey post #491. She was elected to represent Pennsylvania at the National Auxiliary Convention in San Francisco, CA and also traveled to Europe to visit WWl soldier's graves and monuments.
My grandfather, F. Graff Sinclair, ran Sinclair’s Restaurant located at 106 E. State Street from just prior to WW1 to the mid 1940's. His specialties were Chincotegue oysters, homemade ice cream and cornmeal pancakes. His 1933 business card advertises Piel's beer, Magestic radios and hunting ammunition for sale at the restaurant. He was a hard working community man who loved to hunt and fish in his spare time. His wife, Violet Kinsey, was the oldest of nine children and attended West Chester Normal school and taught Sunday School at Kennett Presbyterian Church.
Don Sinclair, my father, was born on Meredith Street and attended Kennett Consolidated School, where he played on several varsity sports teams. Reputed to have been related to just about everyone in Kennett, he is known as a kind and friendly person. He and my mother started married life together on Sickles Street and owned "The House of Flowers", a gift and antique shop.
I was born in Chester County Hospital and lived in Kennett until I was 2 years old. After my family moved to Delaware, we continued to visit Kennett to visit grandparents and cousins and to enjoy subs from Sam's Sub Shop.
Most of my adult life was spent in and around Newark, DE. I worked in the kitchen of the Deer Park Tavern while I studied art at the University of Delaware. For 2 years I ran a weaving supply shop which sold yarn, knitting and weaving suppilies. My brother, Jeff, and I co-owned Sinclair’s Café on Main Street, Newark for 22 years.
A few years ago I got into genealogy and discovered that almost the entire paternal side of my family tree had Chester county Quaker roots. Indeed, Dad probably is related to everyone in Kennett! Trips for research in West Chester took me through Kennett Square and I noticed it wasn't the sleepy little borough of my childhood. We started coming to Kennett Square to dine and check out the shops and galleries and liked what we found! Opportunity knocked while I was doing some mid life soul searching and before I knew it we were living and working in this quaint, comfortable borough! I have been a member of The Kennett Historical Commission for 6 years and am now chairman. The Commission advises and advocates to maintian the integrity of the National Historic District. Last year, I was elected to the Kennett Square Borough Council.
Sunrise over American Legion
Sunriise Cafe Patio seating
Member of Kennett Area Restaurants and Merchants Association and Chester County Visitor's Center.