WALLINGFORD — Customers can look forward to seeing a new face behind the counter of Mr. D’s bakery after the former owners handed over the keys earlier this month.
Former owners Bill and Anne DeFusco opened Mr. D’s in July 2010. The bakery, 50 N. Main St., offers a nostalgic feel with candy in glass jars, custom cakes and cupcakes for holidays and birthdays and ice cream.
“I used to work next door at The Library,” new owner Heather Williams said. “I would stop by on my breaks for ice cream. When COVID happened, he had been in the game for 10 years at that point and he was considering retiring.”
Williams said through many conversations, there was a discussion of her taking over. Though business had been stagnant due to the pandemic, she officially took over ownership of the Wallingford bakery on July 1.
Williams is no stranger to the bakery business. She studied baking and pastries in London and Canada and has worked in the restaurant industry for over 24 years.
“I was nervous because he has such a great reputation and such a good following,” Williams said. “I’m still nervous of course. I’m filling such big shoes but I’m excited to see what happens."
Bill and Anne DeFusco could not be reached for comment.
Mr. D’s was closed on Monday and Tuesday for renovations to the shop. The website is also down for maintenance during this time.
While Williams has been working to give the shop an updated look, customers can still expect the same recipes and name for now.
“For the first year, I’m going keep everything pretty much the same,” she said. “I’m might tweak some of the recipes a little. It will still all be mostly the same, just with my twist on it.”
Williams said she is planning an event to introduce herself to the community as the new owner sometime in August. She said she is excited to get to know more of the “great” Wallingford community.
“I think this will be a great new challenge for her,” said Alphonso Rikard, chef at The Library Wine Bar and Bistro. “When she worked here, she was very high energy and had a lot of character and she’s very family-oriented. I think it will go well.”
Mr. D’s hours remain Sunday to Wednesday 11 a.m.– 8 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.