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our story

More than just a cafe, Forin is a lifestyle hub and creative space encapsulating travel, culture, and thoughtful sourcing in a modern-meets-industrial outpost at Kensington’s Harbisons Dairy.

The vibrant bi-level cafe will serve a high-quality and inventive menu from local and regional producers, boasting pour-over coffees, smoothies, artisanal breads and pastries, as well as non-alcoholic cocktails. Shop curated minimalist garments, accessories, and home goods while soaking up the ingenuity of Philadelphia’s first and only crossover cafe.

Forin is a transportive space for creatives and the community alike, with thought-inspiring workspaces, outdoor seating, lively artistic programming, plus private event and catering capabilities.

the space

Established as a family business, Harbisons Dairy originally brought fresh milk to Philadelphians’ doors in the late 19th century. The Harbison brothers grew their business and built their first dairy complex, later constructing the iconic milk bottle water tower in 1915. Southland Diary acquired the company in 1968, later shuttering their doors in 1990. The building lay dormant until its recent revitalization. Forin Cafe resides in the original loading dock, which now delivers Philadelphia residents a unique cafe space to dine, create, and enjoy.

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philanthropy

Forin Cafe supports its local community driven organizations, making donations to support local causes, such as youth empowerment & education, and community cleanup events. Forin also donates to causes that directly impact our global partners, like the small, family farms that produce the coffee you enjoy. These two broader initiatives define our ethos: Based in Kensington. Connected Globally.

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Seth Kligerman

With 10 years of hospitality experience, Seth has held executive roles at resorts, hotels and restaurants spanning national and international locations. Fueling his desire to travel, Seth has worked in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, New York City, Pittsburgh, Vermont and Philadelphia. Most notably, Seth has worked as Director Of Food & Beverage for Kimpton Hotels. Through his travels, Seth has developed a deep passion for food & beverage, film, fashion, music and books; shaping the desire to pursue his dreams of opening a worldly space.

Kyle Horne

Sitting at a café in a foreign country and watching the world go by is the definition of happiness for Kyle. He has lived in Australia, Argentina, Colombia, backpacked in South America, and road tripped the U.S. These experiences, and the beautiful people he met along the way, have helped to mold his world view and ultimately led him to pursue his dream of opening a café. Professionally, Kyle hails from public charter education, having served in a number of roles within Philly, including being a part of the leadership team that opened a new school in Strawberry Mansion. He has taught English abroad and most recently worked in the HR consulting field, helping the company establish and launch its first pro bono program. He loves people and their stories, especially over a cup of coffee.

Will Landicho

Having lived and worked in New York City, Will enjoys meeting people from around the globe. Being able to serve and interact with all different walks of life has helped shape his worldly lens. With over 12 years of hospitality experience in key executive roles, Will has been fortunate enough to make meaningful connections on both a broad and personal level. From nurturing guest relationships at Hilton and Marriott and most recently Urby, a modern apartment brand where his residents call home, Will’s passion is to curate hospitable moments for others. He loves building relationships through food, coffee and a single malt scotch. The opportunity to open a cafe and welcome in the local and global community is what drives Wills’ ethos.