The final day of Mike’s Cafe was bittersweet for Brittney Vaux and Mike Hood. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Mike’s Cafe in Crofton operating under new ownership

Owner reflects on his 10 years in business and sad to see it come to an end

Sunday was the last day for Mike’s Cafe in Crofton.

Many people who’ve made the establishment a regular part of their routine stopped by to wish owner Mike Hood and manager Brittney Vaux well and let them know how much they’ll be missed.

“This is awesome,” said Hood. “I have a great crew.”

He employed four workers in the cafe and one lady for clean-up.

“They all work really well together,” Hood noted.

It’s the end of a decade-long business venture for Mike’s Cafe. Mike’s operated for two years at its current location at the corner of Chaplin and Queen Streets and eight years before that on Joan Avenue.

Hood grew up in Crofton and spent most of his life as a commercial fisherman before starting the cafe.

“Thought it might be fun to give it a try,” he said. “Met some great people.”

Mike’s was known for going above and beyond for the community. He opened the cafe on Christmas Day for people who didn’t necessarily have family or friends nearby to celebrate with some breakfast and good cheer.

Hood will take some time to deal with some health issues before deciding on his future plans. Vaux will stay to assist with the transfer of ownership, but is uncertain what she’ll do next.

Amelia Breckenridge, well-known in the region as a radio announcer, took over ownership of the cafe on July 1.

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