Yoshi's Opens, at Last
Yoshi's was finally granted a certificate of occupancy in June, but there are still unresolved issues, most notably the dishwasher--or lack of one. The Kaskorkises originally were going to serve on plastic, Lagler explains, until he and some other well-meaning neighbors convinced them that "people in Ann Arbor are ecology minded." But "even though every other restaurant around here has the kind of $500 dishwasher you have in your house," Lagler says, the city wants Kaskorkis to put in a much more expensive industrial system.For now, at least, they're stuck with plastic.
Tom Hackett, owner of nearby Afternoon Delight, sympathizes, but says that the city's demands are not unreasonable or capricious. "If I had to replace my dishwasher, that's what I'd have to do. You need to plan this out in advance. You need drain boards, a garbage disposal. It's expensive to do as an afterthought."
In addition to the dishwasher, Yoshi's still has an unsettled problem with signage, though in the context of the other headaches, it's something Yasir is willing to laugh about. "Yoshi" was Yasir's childhood nickname, and it was chosen as the restaurant's name in a rush to submit paperwork. Turns out, Yasir says, the name "means something in Korean. I don't know what. But lots of people come in here expecting to find Korean food." The Kaskorkises immediately recognized the need for some signage identifying it as a Middle Eastern restaurant--but they face another round of paperwork and meetings with the historic district commission to get that approved.