Tom Natale is a lifelong Moorestonian. He relishes the comforts of a small town, the chance to know your neighbors, to take a walk downtown and to feel a part of the community.
For more than 12 years he connected with new residents as a Realtor, helping to settle families into their new homes in Moorestown. But last November he decided to connect in a new way.
Natale purchased the small café on Chester Avenue in November 2010. Formerly known as Heart to Heart, he changed the name to Moore’s Town Café.
“The town was named after a tavern owner/Realtor named Thomas Moore. I thought it would be kind of interesting to use a piece of history in our name,” Natale said.
With not much more than a little restaurant experience in the 1980s, Natale has steadily been changing things up at the café. The hours have expanded to 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week. And a new chef, who previously cooked for the New York Yankees, is preparing the meals.
“We have expanded our menu to include wraps, salads and more selections on our sandwiches,” Natale said. “We now have a variety of soups daily, as well as daily breakfast and lunch specials.”
The café has a steady group of “regulars,” but new customers seem to be discovering the restaurant every day, he said.
“We have a wide variety of customers. There are a lot of regulars that come in daily, as well as newcomers coming in everyday. We have had Rick Williams from Channel 6 news with his family on several occasions, as well as Steve Sobol from ESPN Sports. You never know who you will see walking in at anytime.”
And that suits Natale just fine. He’s still a licensed Realtor, but not as active. He’s stays busy with the Moorestown Business Association and the Knights of Columbus. And adding to the family feel of the café, Natale’s daughter Angela is helping out as a waitress.
More improvements are being rolled out with the warm weather.
“Now that spring and summer are here, we have outdoor seating available,” Natale said. “Starting next week, we will start serving waffles and ice cream. We have other plans for the future, so stop by and see the transformation.”