Our story can be summed up in three words: real, good, food. With a history dating back to 1992, we focus on fresh, local ingredients, wholesome recipes, and creating a unique space where the Duke and Durham communities can mingle, relax, savor, and share.
More than just bringing people together, Mad Hatter’s is about reaching out into our community. From Pride parades to food donations to sustainable farming, we thrive on promoting social entrepreneurship and partnering with likeminded organizations to build bridges and enhance the world around us.
Our corner of Main and Broad has seen a lot of changes. In the 1920’s, this spot was the Erwin Mills Auditorium baseball diamond. In the 50’s, it became a Phillips 66 service station – that building, with its iconic gullwing design, is the same one that stands today. In the 1990’s, it became the Broad Street Diner. And in 2001, we made this location our home. We’ve been here serving brunch, lunch, and dinner and crafting delicious cookies, cakes, and pastries ever since.
Throughout the years of changes, one thing has remained true: this corner has always been a place where people could gather together. That’s still the most important thing to us. Whether you’re meeting a friend over a cup of espresso, joining colleagues here for a business lunch, or picking up the custom cake we designed, just for you – we’re glad you’re here.