2017 February

Private Walk?

Q: There’s a sign on the walkway that runs between Liberty Plaza and the Library Lane parking structure that says, “Private Walk/Use by permission only.” Is someone apt to apprehend me if I walk through? A: The...

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Nick Easton Finds a Buyer

The Cavern Club complex on First Street will close its doors on February 9. Nick Easton bought the onetime brewery in 1994 to house an antiques mall but soon turned the basement lagering tunnels into a music venue, the Cavern...

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Pizza Overload?

David Cesarini opened his fourth Domino’s franchise in Ann Arbor (he has a fifth in East Lansing) on January 1, though by mid-month he was still completing the build-out. “We’re swapping out equipment. Boring...

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Once Upon a Grill

This last summer, circumstances conspired to force my husband and me to stop at a McDonald’s for more than coffee and a bathroom. While the fries were edible–the fat and salt of fried potatoes are nearly always...

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Sibling Switch

Changing the original babo on Washington and Division into Fred’s, a casual café, sounds like a win-win decision for the Lelcaj siblings, Sava and Fred.When Sava opened babo in 2011 on the ground floor of Sterling 411...

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PTO Thrift Shop Expands

In a 2014 Observer interview Janet Fritsch, then president of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop, said she was hoping for “bigger and better things” in the organization’s future. Her wish came true with the opening...

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