ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Mark's Carts, Ann Arbor's downtown food truck court on Washington St., is closing after seven years.
As he prepares for retirement, owner Mark Hodesh, 73, says operating the business has become too much work. He also owns Bill's Beer Garden right nextdoor, and said the space will be utilized for their events moving forward: "I'm going to use it for the benefit of Bill's Beer Garden, so we'll have some overflow and event space, and we'll also be displaying some products for Downtown Home & Garden out there, like outdoor pottery and plants," he told WEMU Radio.
The food truck court is known for its international cuisine (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)
Downtown Home & Garden, which is on the same block along Liberty and Ashley, was previously owned by Hodesh, until he sold the business nearly three years ago. Unable to completely detach, he joked at the time that he would remain "the schmoozer-in-chief."
Hodesh has owned businesses in Ann Arbor since 1972, and was dubbed "Ann Arbor's retail mensch" in 2015 by The Ann magazine.
He said the food court will likely close at the end of October, and that vendors have been notified.
Mark's Carts is where several local restaurant owners got their start.
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