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Afternoon Delight

Table talk: July 2020

by Trilby MacDonald

From the July, 2020 issue

Afternoon Delight founder Tom Hackett is retiring. Hackett, who opened the popular cafe in 1978, remains an owner, but business partner Joanne Williams has taken over day-to-day operations.

A large part of Afternoon Delight's business is catering U-M events, but with the university shut and summer events canceled, "we had to regroup," Hackett says. "It would be like starting over." He says he told Williams, "I'm seventy-five. I don't think I want to do it under those conditions."

Williams, Afternoon Delight's co-owner for the past twenty years, took the challenge. She's expanded online ordering and reopened in-house dining (at 50 percent capacity).

Hackett will continue to advise Williams on the business side, and he won't vanish entirely. "I love walking in on a weekend and it's packed and I greet all of the customers who I've known for thirty years," he says. "I may come in on a weekend and say hello."     (end of article)


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