Sava's Aventura Opens
Botham, who goes by "Jules," has very little restaurant experience but says "I've always liked feeding people." After graduating from U-M in environmental sciences, she worked for a while at the now defunct Morels in Farmington Hills: "I asked to apprentice there and worked as a prep cook, but I got tired of the low pay." Before that, she had struck up a friendship with Lelcaj as a customer at Sava. "We kept in touch--Facebook, email, Instagram, all that--and Sava asked me if I'd like to audition as chef here. I guess there's a use for social media after all."
Aventura, 216 E. Washington, 369-3153. Kitchen: daily 5 p.m.-midnight. Bar: daily 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Aventuraannarbor.com
[Originally published in January, 2014.]