The Silvertron Café is a casual neighborhood restaurant located at 3813 Clairmont Avenue in Forest Park since 1986. The name refers to a television repair shop that was previously located in the building, which is currently owned by Chris Boehm, a former partner in the restaurant. Silvertron had a second location, with an identical menu, on Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills in the early 1990s.
On the morning of March 22, 2006 the owner, Alan Potts, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in the café's kitchen. The Jefferson County Coroner has classified the manner of death as "pending investigation".
In July 2006 Silvertron's equipment was purchased by a group of investors which include Richard Cheaney and John Otey Hutchinson, owner of Otey's Tavern in Mountain Brook. The new owners re-opened the restaurant on August 29, 2006, but then closed again the following spring.
In late summer 2007 the restaurant was purchased by Marco Morosini. It reopened in November with chef Colin Grayson in charge of the kitchen. Morosini, a native of Bergamo, Italy, has attempted to keep many of Potts' original dishes, and has introduced new menu items. The restaurant also offers wine tasting classes.
- Bryant, Walter. (March 23, 2006) "Owner of Silvertron Cafe found fatally shot in kitchen." The Birmingham News
- Coman, Victoria L. (August 3, 2006) "Founder of Otey's Tavern to run Silvertron Cafe". The Birmingham News
- Folse, Molly (December 6, 2007) "Local Dish: Reinventing the Silvertron." Birmingham Weekly. Vol. 11, No. 15
- O'Hara, Jo Ellen (October 2, 2007) "Silvertron Cafe poised to reopen." The Birmingham News