ANN ARBOR, MI — Several longtime Ann Arbor-area businesses have closed this year for various reasons, including the coronavirus pandemic.
Businesses flexed their creative muscles to try staying afloat during a year of stay-at-home orders, government-mandated closures and social distancing brought on by COVID-19. Others shut down completely after finding their business was not feasible without daily traffic.
Here’s a list of several Ann Arbor-area businesses that have closed throughout the year.
The bar catered to Ann Arbor’s LGBT community for 25 years, but owner Micah Bartelme shut it down in June. Bartelme cited declining business and costly building improvement needs between $150,000-$225,000.
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The popular cafe announced online in June that it did not survive the pandemic and that it would close locations in Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Madison. Owners closed all cafes in March and initially anticipated it would be temporary.
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The Lunch Room
After being temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lunch Room Diner and Canteen, a popular vegan restaurant in Kerrytown for the last seven years, permanently closed this summer. The closure was a step toward sustainability as Owner Phillis Engelbert focuses on her other restaurants: Detroit Street Filling Station, which is expanding, and The Lunch Room Bakery and Cafe.
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After 16 years in business, Logan owners announced the restaurant at 115 W Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor was closing in June. Owners Thad and Ryan Gillies also own Chow Asian Street Food around the corner.
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After 60 years in business, a beloved antique shop in Ann Arbor closed in July. Treasure Mart sold items like pottery, rare mid-century modern furniture and unused Versace china that ranged in price from less than $1 to thousands.
While the pandemic was not the sole reason for giving up the business, Owners Carl and Elaine Johns struggled to find a buyer willing to take on the venture amid the outbreak.
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Arbor Brewing Company
Mike Collins closed the space at 114 E. Washington St. in Ann Arbor in June. after 25 years due to challenges from the pandemic and downtown’s changing landscape. Locations in Ypsilanti and Plymouth remain open.
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Owner Sava Farah of the former restaurant at 403 E. Washington St. in Ann Arbor announced the closure in April, citing financial concerns amid the pandemic. Other factors included issues of renegotiating the lease terms with the landlord.
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A paper and bookbinding shop in Kerrytown closed in June after nearly 30 years in Ann Arbor. Owners Tom and Cindy Hollander announced the pandemic forced them to close the 410 N. 4th Ave. shop.
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The Colorado-based chain announced nationwide closures earlier this year, including the store at 1919 S. Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor store officially closed in February after the chain filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in January.
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A Virginia-based burger chain abruptly closed it’s locations at 3365 Washtenaw Ave. and 529 E Liberty St. in Ann Arbor in January. A notice was left on the door announcing the closures without explanation.
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Walmart, 2515 Ellsworth Road in Ypsilanti, closed in April due to “overall financial performance,” spokesman Phillip Keene said.
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The popular clothing retailer closed its massive downtown Ann Arbor store in mid-November but announced opening a new store in Briarwood Mall. The 10,800-square-foot property sits on the first floor of Ann Arbor’s iconic State Theatre.
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A Tecumseh-based jewelry shop is closing after 64 years in the area. Owners Daniel Hacker and his wife Barb decided to retire after years of selling and customizing jewelry. The store will officially close on Christmas Eve, according to their Facebook page.
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Ollie Food and Spirits
Depot Town’s Ollie Food and Spirits did not fare through the pandemic. Owner Mark Teachout said he struggled to pivot with new restaurant rules like curbside pickup or delivery due to the nature of his business model at the 42 E Cross St. cafe in Ypsilanti and decided to close in July.
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Satchel’s BBW closed its downtown Ann Arbor restaurant in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Owner Hugh Morgan said the pandemic forced many Ann Arbor businesses, including Satchel’s, to make “fight or flight” choices.
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Three Chairs Company
While the furniture store did not entirely close, it compressed its footprint in the area in June by letting go of its 208 S. Ashley St. space in Ann Arbor. Downtown Home and Garden acquired the 2,500-square-foot space to expand the store.
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The Quarter Bistro, a popular restaurant on Ann Arbor’s west side, known to many passersby as the building with the giant garlic bulb on it, permanently closed in September after struggling with the decision for months. “For 14 amazing years The Quarter Bistro has been here to deliver tasteful Cajun dishes in a warm, family atmosphere and we served our last brunch Sept. 22nd. Thanks to all who joined us to share in the memories!” the restaurant wrote on its website.