Seva Moves to Westgate
The vegetarian restaurant was founded by Steve Bellock in 1973, at what was then a crossroads for Ann Arbor's counterculture. The Sun Bakery, which started on Maynard, moved in across the street a few years later, and in 1982, Herb David joined the block. Maren (who used to work at Seva) and Jeff Jackson bought the business in the early 1990s.
Jim Chaconas, who co-owns and leases Westgate, says that he's happy to have Seva, which will open in the former Shanghai Express near the end of the year. And, he suggests, Seva should be equally happy to have Westgate: "Westgate is never vacant. We turned down four national stores. We want local people in there." He claims that Zingerman's Roadhouse, in the center's parking lot, is the highest grossing restaurant in Ann Arbor. "I know the numbers. I can't give them to you, but I also know most of Main Street's numbers and a lot of the chains'."
Ophir Crafts hopes to open at Westgate in August between Old Siam and the west branch of the AADL. (If you're wondering what space that is, last year, Old Siam quietly downsized, creating a new storefront.)
Kate Ernsting says her store will sell "non-manufactured gifts, like Amish woodcraft, and fiber arts like knitting, crocheting, felting, rug hooking. We will be bringing in local crafters--the way Shaman Drum use to bring in local writers? We'll be teaching classes in spinning." Yes, that kind of spinning, not the bicycle kind.