When Sam Hearn decided he wanted to create a cafe with a difference, he knew Tanti was the perfect place. After living and working in several different low socio-economic areas, Sam knew that he could offer an experience like no other, rooted in the community. He ran his idea past fellow cafe owner Sam Keck, of Commonfolk, and when a shop front came up for rent at the beginning of 2018, Homeground was born.
You’ll find the social enterprise cafe nestled just off the Nepean Highway in Robertson Dr. With a handsomely renovated shopfront beckoning, Homeground promises something different. It’s a not-for-profit cafe, and many of the employees here work as volunteers. There’s a massive focus on the community and providing opportunities to those who might not have had one before. Visit the pay-it-forward wall to see the generosity that’s already been dished out here from Mornington Peninsula locals.
Homeground’s bacon and egg rolls and house-made loaded hash browns with mexican salsa are a favourite among local tradies and regulars alike. Partnering with Commonfolk to produce the best coffee around, Homeground has seen rapid growth in their first year. With a range of tempting breakfast and lunch options, you can stop by for a quick bite or spend time getting to know more about the work that Homeground does.
It’s a place that is fitted out to make you feel welcome and have a sense of ownership. Artwork from Peninsula-bred Tom Simpson graces the wall, while timber tables and chairs give the cafe a homely feel. The team here have made it their focus to upskill youth to combat the shortage of hospitality staff on the ninch. With each coffee or meal you purchase you’re directly contributing to helping disadvantaged youth on the Peninsula get a fair go.
Delicious food. Great coffee. Helping people. Do you need any other reasons to hit up Homeground some time soon?