Ann Arbor Observer cover
Ana Velasco's homecoming
Ann Arbor Weather:
Thursday April 18, 2019
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

Hut-K's Heartfelt Farewell

And other marketplace closings

by Sabine Bickford

From the August, 2018 issue

In early July, Sumi and Swaroop Bhojani said a final goodbye to customers of Hut-K Chaats with a benefit dinner for the Cobblestone Farm Market. Though they had planned the closing for several months, Swaroop says that didn't make their last evening any easier. "I was very emotional," he says. "About to cry."

The Bhojanis made the difficult decision to close after Swaroop's father was diagnosed with dementia. A former oncology researcher, Swaroop had used the restaurant at Packard and Platt to develop innovative, heart-healthy versions of Indian street food. He says he's now working on a book of those recipes and others he developed for Back2Roots, his white-tablecloth vegan venture on Main St. that closed in 2016. He's also helping to develop the menu at Back2Roots' successor, First Bite, and writing a book, about "the human body as a machine."

He says Sumi, a former Montessori teacher, will go back to focusing on education--"her passion," he says.

The Bhojanis have sold the restaurant to a new owner, yet unnamed, who they say will carry on the chaats idea and add a selection of "Indian-flavored" ice creams like pistachio and mango.

"The Ann Arbor community has been amazing," he says. "I remember when we first had the restaurant, people brought us flowers from their gardens, fruit, vegetables ... I just want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart--our heart."     (end of article)

[Originally published in August, 2018.]

 



 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Photo: Max and Cesar Take on the Largest Rubik's Cube
Childcare And Preschool Programs in Saline
Waiting Tables
A Lansing doublecross left most waiters earning just $3.52 an hour. Here's how they make it work.
Sally Mitani
A Tariff Casualty in Pittsfield
Trump's trade war helped kill Performance Bike.
Sabine Bickford
Avocado Toast and Buddha Bowls
A boomer goes bowling.
Lee Lawrence
Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York at Kerrytown Concert House
Join alto saxophonist on April 30 to recognize jazz as an internationally binding art form
a2tix (sponsored content)
Restaurants with Diapering Facilities
A clickable zoomable map
Social and Political Activism
Restaurants with Catering Available
A clickable zoomable map
Handel's Semele
Endless pleasure
arwulf arwulf
Arbor Hospice
Ann Arborís Premier Haberdashery, Custom Suiting, Formal Attire.
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor