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Restaurant on Hold

 Cesar Ochoa is ready to open his second restaurant on N. Main—if he can find enough employees. With a gleaming bar, colorful wall art, and a basement speakeasy with a secret entrance, Havana is otherwise set to offer...

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BD’s Hasty Exit

It wasn’t surprising when BD’s Mongolian Grill, a staple on Main St. for twenty-eight years, closed its doors this spring. While the chain once had ten Michigan locations, the last few years have seen the closings of half of...

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Bling and Blue

Like many businesses affected by the pandemic, the long-awaited overhaul at Sava Farah’s namesake restaurant took longer than planned. Farah originally hoped to begin remodeling after Michigan’s commencement in 2020. But Covid...

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Koney, Again

Last May, Marwan Al-Rabie opened the Alpha Diner on Jackson Rd. in Scio Township. It was his long-sought successor to the Alpha Koney Island in the Oak Valley Centre, which he’d operated for seventeen of the restaurant’s thirty...

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Condado Arrives

By Ann Arbor standards, the opening night at Condado Tacos on Liberty brought out the VIPs. Creative Washtenaw CEO Deb Polich came with husband Russ Collins, executive director of the Michigan Theater. Don Knight, who runs his...

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Surviving the Pandemic

The pandemic was tough for Ann Arbor restaurants. Favorite names such as Logan and Mikette disappeared; others, like Gratzi and Carson’s, went on hiatus. The Espresso Royale Coffee chain shut down. Yet most places wove...

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Flash Food

After recently deciding to increase my recycling efforts at home, I wondered what I could do to reduce food waste. A family member reminded me that they’d seen a Flash Food cooler at a local Meijer. That led me to the...

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