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Three Summer Closings

Great Plains Burger, Pangborn Collection, and Life is Good

by Sabine Bickford

From the July, 2018 issue

Great Plains Burger Company on Plymouth closed abruptly in May. Owner Mo Farha could not be reached for comment.

from August Calls & Letters
Last month's Marketplace Changes item on the closing of Great Plains Burger Co. described founder Mo Farha as its final owner. Farha phoned to say that he'd sold the Plymouth Rd. restaurant seven years ago; it was his former partner, Gary Staub (Tom Monaghan's son-in-law) who chose not to renew the lease.

Farha was calling from California, where he is running a new chain called Burger Boss. "It would be a dream to bring a Burger Boss to Ann Arbor," he said. "I know someday I'll be back there."
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Downtown's Pangborn Collection has closed after a little over three years on S. Main St. The shop sold accessories like purses and silk neckties printed with the designs of Detroit artist-designer Dominic Pangborn. The collection, which started at Metro Airport, has now moved to Pangborn's art studio in Detroit. While Pangborn didn't return our call, he did have one thing to say about the consolidation to a disappointed customer on the collection's Facebook page: "less is more."

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As he opened La Taqueria Mark Messmore closed his downtown Life is Good store.

"I had this venture starting, I had my hands in other things, and so it was just the right time. It made sense to part ways," says Messmore. He's also closed five other Life is Good franchises around the country over the last few months.

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Got a retail or restaurant change? Email sabine@aaobserver.com or leave voicemail at (734) 769-3175 x 309.     (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2018.]

 

 
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