opened Thursday morning, replacing the former .
The coffee house at the beginning of July and now has an entirely new interior, with walnut hardwood floors, handmade zinc countertops, a small living room-type space and bamboo tabletops and bar front. The bar has also been expanded.
"The transformation—it's incredible," said manager Michael O'Malley. "To see the plan and then to actually be in here and see it, it looks exactly like the 3D rendering."
Local architect Form A+D brought to life, O'Malley said.
"They deserve mad props," he said.
O'Malley said they plan to add lots of flowers to the decor as well—"It is a 'HotHouse,' after all," he said. Carignan was inspired by the atrium and its natural light, O'Malley said.
The coffee house will continue to serve Counter Culture coffee and maintain the same drink menu; pour-over coffee will be added soon, O'Malley said.
HotHouse will also add new desserts, more panini options and other food items, he said. They're getting new breads, from Rockland Bakery, and will offer Gilda's biscotti, Tate's Cookies and John & Kira's chocolate, he added.
"We'll still have the old staples," O'Malley said. "We're just kicking it up a bit."
The grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 8 will coincide with , which celebrates the 21 century-old institutions in Bryn Mawr, and the .