Joe's [Sub Shop] is gone, the place around the corner next to White's Market [Rio Wraps] is gone." And they were. Phones for both were disconnected, and the owners couldn't be reached. Of course it's not just food places that are hurting: on North University, Beanie June, the girly but hip mother-daughter-owned women's clothing boutique, closed recently. It was the third State Street area clothing store to fall this school year-Ana Banana went down last fall, followed by Steve & Barry's. But even with "the economy," some hardy souls are still betting on the campus district. Two closed busi..."/>
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So when he and his brother Tom bought the former Comerica Bank building at 777 North University in 2006, they briefly considered opening another restaurant of their own. Briefly. "We worked restaurants our whole lives," Tom says. "Enough is enough." So instead, he went looking for a tenant. After considering many different chains, he picked Pan-era because he thought it was onto something with its menu of soups, salads, deli sandwiches on house-baked bread, and host of baked goods from Danishes to bear claws and stru-del-plus lots of different coffees and free wi-fi.

Jamaican Jerk Pit, 314 S. Thayer. 585-5278. Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m. Closed Sun.

Panera Bread, 777 North University. 332-3402. Mon.- Sat. 7 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. www.panerabread.com.
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[Originally published in May, 2009.]

 

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