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Sava's Aventura Opens



eleven-watt light bulbs" and is inspired by a famous 1940s Baltimore Grand Hotel marquee. It's also reminiscent of old diner "EAT" signs. "We wanted to light up the street," says Lelcaj, "and the arrow was [Chalou's] idea. It was just the right cool-slash-tacky touch." Chalou's stylishly vintage signs adorn many Ann Arbor restaurants. In early December he was working on a new one for Fraser's Pub, now undergoing a face-lift.

Inside is an equally striking renovation: a large three-sided bar, earthy clay light fixtures, tiny black-and-white mosaic floor tile in a lattice pattern. Aventura's three separate storefronts (two used to house Mahek and the other an office) are united by wide brick archways.

No one can do tapas as they do in Spain--the little snacks are free there except in the more touristy areas. The idea, says Lelcaj, is "to keep you in the bar drinking--even though "a glass of wine there only costs about three dollars!"

No such luck here. A little plate of candied red peppers with goat cheese or short ribs with fried potatoes and blue cheese--to name two of about sixty choices--will set you back about $5, and the wine, beer, and cocktails are sold at the usual local prices.

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