Ann Arbor Observer cover
Snow on Broadway
Ann Arbor Weather:
Wednesday January 20, 2021
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Banfield's Closes Its Doors

Some called it Ann Arbor's "Cheers"

by Micheline Maynard

From the November, 2020 issue

Banfield's Bar & Grill on Packard was considered by some to be Ann Arbor's version of "Cheers." Karaoke night on Sundays and happy hour specials Monday through Friday drew a cadre of loyal customers.

But the longtime establishment is now closed.

Jan Hawkins, whose late husband Harry owned the building, confirmed in October that she had put the location up for sale.

Harry Hawkins bought Banfield's in 2014 from its founder Will Banfield. Banfield started the bar in 1982, but told that business had dropped off since Michigan implemented a 2010 law banning smoking in bars and restaurants.

Banfield's last updated its Facebook page in March. A DTE notice on the door warned of a September shutoff, its telephone number has been disconnected, and its website is defunct.


Got a retail or restaurant change? Email     (end of article)

[Originally published in November, 2020.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Vegetarian Restaurants
Different Steps
The Michigan Marching Band performed two shows this football season-but not in the Big House.
Jan Schlain
Baked Goods Ice Cream And Chocolates in Dexter
Chuck E. Cheese's Closes
Facebook says it's temporary, but the cotton candy machine is in the dumpster.
Micheline Maynard
Coffee Rebound
Michael McFall thought he would spend 2020 celebrating Biggby Coffee's twenty-fifth anniversary.
Micheline Maynard
Nightspots: Habitat Lounge
Arcadian Antiques
A family business holds on
Trilby MacDonald
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Aroma Arrives
Fast-casual Indian on W. Liberty
Micheline Maynard
Marijuana in the Park?
Question Corner: November 2020
Tim Athan
semi e news