A treasured restaurant and community leader, Forest Park’s Silvertron Cafe has closed after 32 years

Birmingham Alabama
Silvertron’s Marco Morosini. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Silvertron Cafe, a mainstay in the Forest Park Neighborhood of Birmingham for over 32 years closed this week.

Owned by Marco and Elan Morosini for the past 10 1/2 years, due to a serious illness in the family, the Morosinis are moving back to Italy to help their family in a time of need.

More than a restaurant, Silvertron and the Morosini family led and supported numerous community projects including Movies at Avondale Park  , Birmingham Aids Outreach charity events and Le tour de Ham.

Marco Morosini’s most indelible project is the one he founded in 2015, Heart to Table, a program designed to serve hot meals and shelter the city’s homeless on cold winter nights.

Marco, and his family worked tirelessly on the project.  This past year, participating restaurants and the Birmingham community served 7100 meals at the warming stations.

In an interview with Bham Now, we asked Marco if he had a favorite story about the nights at the warming station.

He responded:

“I don’t have a favorite story…every night that we serve is a favorite story. Going back the next morning to pick up the empty coffee cambros and seeing the food containers empty is a favorite story. Every time I see a smile because we just served something hot and delicious is a favorite story. Every time I hear “God bless you and thank you” is a favorite story. Every time I see a family with kids there is a favorite story. Every time Don Lupo gives me a high five is a favorite story – because it simply means job well done.

Understated and humble, Marco, his family and the employees at Silvertron displayed for years not only their love of good food and community, but an unconditional love for Birmingham.

On behalf of the Magic City – job well done.


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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