ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pick up baked goods for breakfast or pizza for lunch at SavCo Hospitality’s latest concept, The Boro To Go.
Owned by Sava’s and Aventura Founder Sava Farah, the new takeout cafe is located in the Village of Dixboro, just northeast of Ann Arbor on Plymouth Road.
“We’re starting out in baby steps with our pickup counter, which was always part of the original concept, but really grew and evolved when I met the Maldonados, who come with so much experience,” said Farah.
Led by Michelin-star chef Louis Maldonado and his wife, pastry chef Anne Marie Maldonado, who previously worked at Tartine, the cafe offers a wide range of food including wood-fired pizza, charcuterie, baked goods, to-go cocktails and other breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
“Now, with dining rooms being shut down, we are so blessed to be able to have an outlet and a way to introduce ourselves to the community -- a way to spark something here,” Farah said, adding that building a beautiful restaurant but letting it sit idle wouldn’t add value to the local community.
Reception of the to-go cafe experience, which opened on Dec. 21, 2020, has been very positive, according to Farah. The Boro To Go sold out of pizza and baked goods when it first opened and had to beef up its production to meet demand.
She said that guests should stay tuned. The restaurant has had a 100-year-history and the company is looking towards the next 100 years.
The Boro and its takeout cafe are located in a barn structure that has been standing since the 1880′s, according to its website.
The structure started being used as a restaurant in 1934 and use to house The Farm Cupboard, The Lord Fox and Roger Monks restaurants. Farah bought the building from its previous owner after it had been turned into a financial building.
Along with the to-go counter, the barn has a granite bar, a fireplace, exposed timbers, restored windows and cozy seating that gives it a rustic, homey feeling, according to Farah.
The Boro is part of SavCo’s larger multiple-concept Dixboro Project, which started around 2016.
Farah said that as the project has evolved, it became apparent that there were two restaurants that the company wanted to open: a rustic all-day casual spot and a more high-end, sit-down venue, which will be in the project’s new barn.
Those who know SavCo Hospitality from The Boro’s sister restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor can visit between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The Boro is at 5400 Plymouth Rd.