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Made for Students ~ Hugs for Everyone

All of these are available at “college student” prices!

Open to the Public 

Open 7:30am to 2:00pm Weekdays

Need food for a large group, meeting, or banquet at the CLC Campus? Check out our CLC Catering Menu!

Rather just stop by? Take a peek at our Breakfast and Lunch offerings!

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The “Mad Hugger Café” got its name from a former Central Lakes College instructor, Joe Plut, who was known as the “mad hugger.” In 1972 Joe began giving hugs out to his students to inspire them to accept themselves and others. Joe has traveled the country giving talks on this and was even featured on NBC in the 1970’s. Joe is much beloved former instructor and the café was named to honor his legacy of self-acceptance.

We offer a large variety of food styles, including: Italian, Tex-Mex, Asian Inspired, “Minnesotan” Comfort food, Vegetarian, along with classic lunch options such as chicken tenders, hamburgers, fries, hot wings, salads, and more! We also offer a Daily Special of a uniquely created menu item Monday through Friday for only $5.00.