The late-night sweets dilemma
👋 Annalise here. If you're like me and desperately crave dessert at night, you may also want to know where you can get your after-hours fix.
Why it matters: Late-night sweets can be tough to locate around here, outside of the obvious standbys like Astoria in Greektown — no hate, I love the seemingly endless supply of cheesecake — or national chains like Cold Stone.
- Locally made cakes, cookies and brownies are especially tough to find at night.
Good news: Warmer weather means more after-dark ice cream availability.
Reality check: Long hours aren't always doable for small businesses, especially those in the food industry with small profit margins.
- Plus, staffing shortages make decreasing hours a necessity, as For the Love of Sugar owner Manal Hussein told me last year.
A few places open past 8pm:
1. Family Treat
- This little ice cream, taco and coney parlor has been around for decades — and it's open until 8:30pm. It's got churro and cheesecake sundaes and hard-pack ice cream.
- 2010 Springwells St.
2. -320° Coffee & Creamery
- Open until 9pm weekdays and 10pm weekends in Detroit Shipping Co., this shop makes ice cream the fad-science way: using liquid nitrogen. Most noteworthy — they mix in fresh fruit for a satisfying scoop.
- 474 Peterboro St., Suite 201 (the other location, 4830 Cass Ave., closes at 8pm)
3. Sheila's Bakery
- Sheila's is one of few bakeries open until 9pm, with tres leches cake, conchas sweet bread, danishes and more. Stop by, grab some tongs and a tray and pick your favorites.
- 2142 Springwells St.
4. Milk & Froth Ice Cream
- The only time I've had Milk & Froth's unique black waffle cone is when their food truck hung out in Capitol Park. But now they have a physical location downtown and it's open until 9pm on weeknights and 10pm on weekends.
- 535 Griswold St., Suite 112.
📬 What open-late shops did we miss? Let us know by emailing [email protected].
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