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There used to be four times as many grocery stores in Ypsilanti as restaurants

Remember how I was telling you a few days ago that I’d gotten my hands on a 1933 Ypsilanti phone book? Well, here’s a little something that I thought you might find of interest. Back in ’33, there were roughly four times as many grocery stores in Ypsilanti as restaurants. Granted, the shops in question […]

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Raja Rani to close its doors at the end of the month as a result of rising rents in Ann Arbor

At the risk of further infuriating those who see these reports of mine about long-time downtown Ann Arbor businesses going belly-up as “tired tirades,” I feel compelled to share that yet another Ann Arbor staple will soon be closing its doors as a result of rising downtown rents. According to my source, the owners of […]

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Bee Roll on wanting to grow Beezy’s and how you can help

Bee Roll opened Beezy’s, her “simple, honest” restaurant in downtown Ypsilanti, on November 8, 2008. Over the past six years, quite a bit has changed. Beezy’s has become a vital anchor in downtown Ypsilanti. Among other things, it’s a place for people to meet over great food, a safe environment for kids to study in […]

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Bona Sera to relaunch later today with booze

Our friends at Bona Sera Cafe, as you may have noticed, have been closed for the past few days. I’m told there’s no reason for concern, though. It’s not like that time, a few years back, when Dave Curtis closed up his businesses along Washington Street, and snuck out of town under cover of darkness. […]

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Are iPhones, social media, selfies and other societal trends fucking up the restaurant business?

My friend Rhonda Crosson, who left a career as a biochemist in Michigan to become a baker in the big apple, recently shared the following from Craigslist NYC. Personally, I suspect it’s fiction, but, as it raises a number of interesting issues concerning how personal technology is impacting the restaurant business, I thought that I’d […]

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