The Glass House
Rachel Wood, the property manager, came up through Washtenaw Community College's hospitality program; her first big job was at the Lord Fox. Alissa McCool (who married into her name, which she acknowledges is indeed impossibly cool) is the building catering director (the restaurant is often called upon to cater events on the upper floors of the building) and came to Glass House by way of EMU and the Chop House. McCool says the Glass House is certainly open to the public, but she admits few outside the university actually find their way in. She also claims the takeaway counter has "probably some of the best sushi in Ann Arbor."
Glass House Cafe at Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue, 647-3777. Dining room: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sandwich counter: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. glasshousecafe.net
[Originally published in December, 2008.]