Coming from a telecommunications and sales management background, Hynson was not looking to open a restaurant when she launched Sweet Maple Cafe in 1999. But she was looking for something that would accommodate her schedule as a mother, so she opened its doors as a neighborhood breakfast spot that closed at 2 p.m. The popular Little Italy spot now serves lunch, but you will still need to get there before 2 p.m. to sample Hynson’s version of country-style home cooking. Her advice for other entrepreneurs? “Have confidence that you can do it. Have a clear vision of what you want and stay true to it.”
For more information about Sweet Maple Cafe, visit www.sweetmaplecafe.com.