Our Story

A labor of love.

Before she was the founder of Homeroom, Erin Wade got a sudden craving for mac and cheese one rainy night. She had a long day at work as an attorney and wanted some comfort food, but there were no local restaurants with mac and cheese as delicious as the one she grew up eating. So she pulled out her dad’s family recipe and started cooking.  

That homemade mac and cheese would change the course of her life—and others’. Erin set out to open the kind of restaurant she wished she could’ve gone to that night: a friendly, familiar place serving up the world’s best mac and cheese. Within a month, she boxed up her law degree and committed to chasing this crazy, delicious dream.

Erin and a small team of family and friends spent a year building a restaurant as special as the food it would serve. They named the restaurant Homeroom, a nod to the class in school that served no purpose other than connecting with friends and classmates.

It was truly a labor of love—Homeroom opened its doors on Valentine’s Day 2011 in the Temescal District of Oakland. Since then, it’s become a favorite Bay Area restaurant among locals and visitors alike. Homeroom is committed to a different way of doing business, employing a kick-ass, diverse team and preparing each and every mac and cheese to order using Erin’s family recipe.


Our Values

A new way of doing business.


Two-Way Transparency

Teamwork makes the dream work! We practice open book finance and request weekly feedback from every team member.

Revolutionize Business

We know, this is a big one. 95% of our leadership team are women, LGBTQ folks, or people of color.


Our company reflects the diversity of Oakland, one of the most diverse in the U.S. We partner with organizations to recruit staff from different backgrounds, including refugees and formerly incarcerated folks.

Best in Class

We serve the best damn mac and cheese in the world with warm hospitality.

Collective Success

We filter our decisions by what is best for the collective of the individual, team, customer and community. The result? Inventive ideas like our harassment prevention system, adopted by restaurants on a national scale.


Join Our Team

Be the best part of people's day!

Our hard-working, passionate, talented team sets Homeroom apart from other restaurants. When you work with with us, you'll have a voice, be empowered, and get the opportunity to learn what it takes to run a business, while having fun with a team who respects you for who you are every day.

Just a few of the awesome benefits of working at Homeroom:  


Thrivable wages: Everyone who works at Homeroom earns a high standard wage.

Growth opportunities: We're committed to empowering the people on our team to learn and grow into positions they aspire to have.

Be yourself: We celebrate the unique and diverse personalities that make up our team. No scripts, no crappy, uncomfortable uniforms, and no "chainy" attitudes.

Learn about business: Homeroom is an open-book finance business. We share our financial information.

And that delicious free mac: Shift meals means you don’t get just any free mac + cheese. You get the world's best mac + cheese.

Our mission is to be the best part of people's day, and we mean it equally for guests and employees. Join us and see what it's like to work at a truly employee-focused company.