At the moment, the south end of Stone Plaza, at the corner of Ellsworth and Stone School Rd., is a little short on eateries, but the situation is soon to be rectified. The north end of the center is anchored by the large Ahmo’s Deli as well as the Mediterranean Market, so no one’s going to starve to death, but sadly, MisSaigon, one of Ann Arbor’s precious few Vietnamese restaurants, closed suddenly at the end of June. “It was just time for retirement,” says Lisa at Issa Properties (the landlord). The lease wasn’t up, and the space hasn’t been filled yet, she says, “but we’re working on it.”

A few doors down, Bangkok Cuisine has been closed most of the summer, but Lisa believes it will reopen in September: same menu, new owner. Bangkok Cuisine is a small Detroit chain, and Lisa emphasized that this particular franchise is just changing hands.

On the other side of MisSaigon, and expected to be open at press time but not quite there yet, is Piatto di Pasta. Owner Mike DeCola has never owned a restaurant before, but he’s a cousin of the DeVarti family, which owns Dominick’s. In the morning Piatti will be a coffee shop, serving Roos Roast coffee and pastries. For lunch and dinner, DeCola will have a short menu of Italian subs, homemade lasagnas, and pastas in the $10-$14 range.

This article has been edited since it appeared in the September, 2011 Ann Arbor Observer. The spelling of Piatto di Pasta has been corrected.