2021 November

Restaurant in Exile

Since it opened in 2014, Slurping Turtle on E. Liberty has drawn crowds of students, moviegoers, and locals for its bowls of ramen and plates of sushi.In September, it closed for what it estimated would be a six-to-eight-week...

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Store Owners Look to Their Next Chapters

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore plans to close its Main St. location on February 15, owners Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter announced in November. The business was founded thirty-nine years ago, and the couple have owned it for more than...

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Remembering John Mendler

John Mendler, the long-time owner of the Marathon station in the vee of Jackson and Dexter roads, died recently. I was a customer of his ever since he bought the station in 1976. In 2013 I interviewed John and wrote a brief...

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Old Siam by Siam Kitchen

The Old Siam by Siam Kitchen was about to close as the Observer went to press.Ann Arbor’s first Thai restaurant opened in Westgate in 1981. The Dhitirojana family’s aim was to offer local diners authentic versions of...

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Ann Arbor Running Company Expands

Ann Arbor Running Company’s move from Fourth Ave. to the former Vie Fitness & Spa location on S. Ashley is just one of two big developments for the company. It’s also opened a new store–its third–in...

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Million-dollar Sales Continue

Million-dollar sales just keep coming, with eight on this month’s map. In Ann Arbor Hills, 2997 ­Devonshire—which includes an adjacent lot on Hickory—tops the list at $1.8 million; it led 2106 Londonderry, a few blocks...

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Pot PSAs

“Everyone loves cookies,” reads the ad on the side of an AAATA bus stuck in Washtenaw...

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Ballot Proposals

There are candidates on the ballot in Chelsea, Milan, and Saline, and Pittsfield Township is trying again to pass a public safety millage (see Up Front, p. 11). Ann Arbor’s issues are at least as weighty but more complex:...

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Another Global Boba Player

There’s another newcomer in an empty Espresso Royale Space, this time on Plymouth Rd. Moege Tee opened in late September, with a streamlined appearance, K-pop songs on its playlist, and a menu focused on tea drinks. Moege...

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