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About Us


Quick Bites

We know it's tough to get something to eat or a good cup of coffee going in the morning or get out of the office for a long lunch. We're good at getting you really good quality food, fast...and one great cup of coffee. Order at the counter, grab a coffee or something cold from the fridge, and wait for your name to be called.  You can enjoy your meal here or head out.  Either way, it won't take long to get your breakfast or  lunch at The Sunrise Cafe' in Carlisle!


Me and my kids

In the middle, me (Tara, originally from Long Island).  My son Tommy...the lover of the glazed donut breakfast sandwich, and ours is aptly named after him.  And there's my daughter Sara, the creator of the Boston Cream cream cheese.  Of course, I then had to name that cream cheese bagel sandwich "Sara's Sweetness." Sara runs errands for the cafe' but Tommy is attending Virginia Military Institute for college, so he'll only come in to eat when he's home :)


There's history here

Our cafe' is situated in the home of John Hays, a Civil War soldier, an entrepreneur who began Frog, Switch and Mfg. Company in 1886, and a lawyer. He purchased the home from his uncle in 1876.  The picture is the home after it was built around the original stone house. Take a look around at the photos and historic background while you're here.  We refinished the original wood floors, we exposed and repointed the original exterior stone house walls found behind the interior drywall, rebuilt the outside patio (it had been removed), and preserved as much of the original home that we found as demolition took place. We're proud to show

Thank you to...

The Carlisle Borough and The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority for providing financial assistance that allowed me to open my cafe'!

The Menu


Let us cater your office meeting!

24 hours' notice required. You can either call us directly or head to to place your order. 

Cookie Trays

 Need a cookie tray for a celebration, holiday party, or office treat? Order a tray filled with a variety of our homemade treats!

Choose from:

*Pignoli, Venetian, and Mostacchioli cookies

*Fudgey Brownies, quartered

*Cream Horns

18 for $29.99    24 for $37.99    30 for 44.99

Catering Menu

Contact Us

The Sunrise Cafe'

231 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013


Open today

08:00 am – 02:00 pm

 Monday - Friday: 8 am - 2 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8 am - 1 pm

Questions, comments?