Mad Hatter's Cafe & Bakeshop, a popular spot for brunch or dessert near downtown, has a new owner.
Robert and Fida Ghanem bought the business last week from co-owners Jason Balius and Grace Nordhoff.
The Ghanems own Saladelia Cafe at 4201 University Drive, and another little spot on the Duke University campus. They'll also be opening another location on the American Tobacco campus by the end of July, Ghanem said.
The operation at Mad Hatter's, will stay the same, Ghanem said, but he'll focus on bringing more organic and local ingredients to the mix, and also will be using corn-based recyclable cups and napkins, and sending kitchen food waste to local farms for consumption by animals.
Balius could not be reached this morning for comment, but it appears he spoke to Kevin Davis last week before leaving town for Florida.