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Ann Arbor startup helps Jet’s Pizza launch text-to-order technology
ANN ARBOR – Jet’s Pizza is hoping to disrupt the industry with its new text-to-order technology. The pizza company has partnered with Ann Arbor-based startup Ordr AI to make text orders for customers a reality. More than 75% of stores are currently operating the technology and more than 1 million text orders have been placed since its launch. Jet’s Pizza is now offering 20% off pizzas to customers to text in their orders. “We teamed up, we hustled, we innovated, and we made something great,” John Jetts, President of Jet’s Pizza said in a statement.
Miss Kim hosting brunch pop-up with Lala’s chef Allie Lyttle in Ann Arbor this month
ANN ARBOR – What do you get when you blend American comfort food with authentic Korean cuisine? A one-of-a-kind pop-up at Miss Kim -- and it’s happening weekly. Lyttle’s signature candied bacon and BBQ tots recur alongside Miss Kim favorites milk tea (boba optional) and ginger plum soda. Read: LaLa’s pop-up diner opens in Ann ArborAdWatch Kim and Lyttle discuss this week’s menu in the post below:To see what’s on the menu this weekend and to place an order, click here. Miss Kim is at 415 N. 5th Ave. For more information, visit www.misskimannarbor.com.
Ann Arbor’s Blank Slate Creamery open for season
ANN ARBOR – Sure signs of spring in town include an increase in doodles from chalk artist David Zinn, cyclists on Huron River Drive, tulips sprouting from the ground and, of course, the opening of Blank Slate Creamery for the season. Blank Slate opened its walk-up window on Wednesday serving up scoops of its handcrafted ice cream, sundaes, floats, baked goods and more. New flavors include Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Brandy Old Fashioned -- a creamy brandy base with orange, bitters and maraschino cherries blended throughout. 🥳 come enjoy this beautiful weather and get some deliciously creamy ice cream! To place an order and see everything Blank Slate has to offer, click here.
Win points, prizes in Ann Arbor’s Comfort Food Challenge this month
ANN ARBOR – Throughout the month of January, visits to local restaurants for outdoor dining or curbside pick up can earn you a chance to win prizes. How it works:Download the getDowntown Commute Central app from the App Store or Google Play, or sign up via getDowntown’s website. Win badges and prizes based on participationUsers who earn 40 points a week will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card. The challenge is sponsored by ShowYourLoveA2, an initiative by the downtown area associations to bolster support for local restaurants and shops. Shopping at local businesses can also earn you points and prizes.
Sixth-grader from Ann Arbor stars in Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’
ANN ARBOR – For local student Nemo Tsai, 2020 was as normal a year as could be until a casting agent from Food Network reached out to him on Instagram to audition for Season 9 of “Kids Baking Championship.”Nemo’s family has owned Japanese-American fusion restaurant Godaiko and Tsai Grocery in southwest Ann Arbor for more than 25 years. Raised in the kitchen, Nemo was making sushi rolls before he was five years old, and recently took up baking after watching videos on YouTube. “This was the first season that parents get onto the show and react,” said Nemo. ET on Food Network with a double episode. Aside from the title of Kids Baking Champion, the winner of the Kids Baking Championship will take home a grand prize of $25,000 and will get a spot in Food Network Magazine.
U-M students work to bring Michigan’s first Waffle House to Ann Arbor
Open 24/7, Waffle House is also an affordable dining option for high school and college students. “I went from a Waffle House on every corner to coming up here and not having one in the entire state,” said Turner. Michigan Waffle House Club was born. So, what would be the ideal location for the Ann Arbor Waffle House? “Putting a Waffle House right on that corner would be the perfect spot.
Free cookies alert: Celebrate National Cookie Day in Ann Arbor today
It’s National Cookie Day and several shops around town are offering free and discounted cookies. Insomnia CookiesDid you say free cookies? You get a free cookie, too. FREE cookies for National Cookie Day! Every day is National Cookie Day in our book.
Detroit’s Bon Bon Bon opens new Ann Arbor location
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Bon Bon Bon has finally opened the doors to its new Ann Arbor location. The Ann Arbor location is Bon Bon Bon’s third brick-and-mortar, with sister retail locations in downtown and Midtown Detroit. “As a chocolatier who grew up halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor, I am thrilled that Bon Bon Bon has the same opportunity to fall in love and feel at home in these two totally unique and vibrant places," Clark said in a release. It’s a dream come true!”As the brand has grown over the past six years, it has been manned by The Babes Babes Babes, a staff of around 20 confectioner champions who package over 320,000 chocolates each year. Bon Bon Bon will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
MD Bagel Fragel in Ann Arbor a one-woman operation during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Owner of MD Bagel Fragel, Patricia Rockette, has been running her shop singlehandedly since March 20. She’s only taken four days off since the pandemic hit: Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. “I work seven days a week, open to close, just so that we can pay the rent and the bills,” said Rockette. Owner Patricia Rockette and her niece Megan Jernigan in MD Bagel Fragel's new shop at 3500 Washtenaw Ave. on Jan. 24, 2020. MD Bagel Fragel is at 3500 Washtenaw Ave. and is carryout only.
Get donuts delivered with It’s a Good Day Donuts
“We needed to learn how to make doughnuts.”Their business, It’s a Good Day Donuts, offers new themed flavors every week. (It's a Good Day Donuts)Operating under Cottage Food Law, the couple started making doughnuts in their home in January 2020 when they realized that they (and their two children) were tired of eating practice doughnuts. It’s a Good Day Donuts also offers special orders. (It's a Good Day Donuts)Their doughnuts are meant to be a vehicle for something fun and happy, which the community has responded to. Learn more about It’s a Good Day Donuts here or through its Facebook and Instagram pages.
Knight’s Steakhouse in Ann Arbor temporarily closes over positive COVID-19 cases
ANN ARBOR – Update: Knight’s Steakhouse reopened on Oct. 29 with limited hours and staff. Knight’s Steakhouse has temporarily closed both of its locations after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes after Michigan marked its highest one-day increase of 3,338 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Gretchen Whitmer said the sharp increase of cases might mean Michigan has to “take steps backward” to curb the spread. Management announced they are working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to determine when it will be safe to reopen.
Crumbl Cookies opens location in Ann Arbor
Crumbl Cookies has arrived in Ann Arbor. The Utah-based gourmet cookie company opened the doors to its Ann Arbor location, at 215 N. Maple Rd, on Thursday, Oct. 1. September 27 - October 3 • 🍰 RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE • 🥛 COOKIES & CREAM MILKSHAKE • 🎃 PUMPKIN ROLL • 🌋 MOLTEN LAVA • 🍭 CHILLED SUGAR • 🍪 MILK CHOCOLATE CHIP . 🎥: @tellthebirds Posted by Crumbl Cookies on Sunday, September 27, 2020Visitors on Friday, Oct. 2, will receive a free milk chocolate chip cookie as the location celebrates Free Cookie Day. The Ann Arbor store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
4 student-friendly takeout spots in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is home to some of the best restaurants in Michigan, and narrowing it down to just a few is almost impossible. Posted by Jamaican Jerk Pit of Ann Arbor on Saturday, June 25, 2016693 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103(734) 332-6055Chelas authentic tacos are famous across Michigan, but thats not all it serves. Only one of Chelas two Ann Arbor locations are open currently, so be sure you head to the location on Maple Road when picking up an order. With everything on its menu coming in at under $10, Chelas is a perfect student-friendly takeout spot. 500 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104(734) 929-2227Neopapalis is a local pizza spot that keeps it classic, specializing in margherita-style pizzas cooked in an 800-degree stone oven.
Cannoli consumption is up as Ann Arbor-based BLISS takes off
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbor native Elizabeth Sinawe is using her mothers recipe to help Tree Town increase its cannoli consumption. Cannolis are my favorite dessert, Sinawe said stating that the BLISS business name came from the state of bliss and happiness she experiences when she has her mothers homemade cannolis. While there are some traditional flavors, Sinawe experiments with flavors based on desserts that she likes. Sinawe said that the BLISS cannoli recipe, her mothers, was used to make cannolis in the Ann Arbor Italian restaurant her parents owned around 20 years ago. Instead, Sinawe has two pick-up locations: Ann Arbor and West Bloomfield; however, she has delivered to other areas, like Detroit, Royal Oak, Dearborn, Ypsilanti and Canton.
Ann Arbor cheesecakerie expanding footprint to Metro Detroit
The owner of 24th Cheesecakerie and “The Cheesecake Guy” told us just that when we spoke to him last May when he opened his first cheesecakerie in Briarwood Mall. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)In addition to opening up the third 24th Cheesecakerie, Brezzell said that he will also be collaborating with local business people to add their products to his stores. Brezzell and Dent said that the Madison Heights community has already reached out online to welcome them to the area. Right now, visitors to the Madison Heights location can anticipate soft hours of noon to 7 p.m. during the week. Find 24th Cheesecakerie in Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall or at 14 N. Washington St. in Ypsilanti.
Bao Boys food truck opens in Ann Arbor, brings LA inspired flavors
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Bringing Los Angeles-inspired flavors to Ann Arbor, LA natives Steven Choi and Brian Kim opened up the Bao Boys food truck in the yard of York on July 1. Choi and Kim dont have backgrounds in the food industry but they both love food, Bao Boys co-owner Steven Choi said. The current bao menu at Bao Boys was an amalgamation of different flavors inspired by different cuisines the friends experienced in LA. Choi said that eaters should check for updated hours and times on the Bao Boys Instagram account where the food truck will make announcements. The food truck naturally acts as a barrier to separate the food-truck owners from their customers and that customers cant come in the food truck.
Refraction AI launches contactless robot grocery delivery in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Refraction AI has partnered with the Produce Station in Ann Arbor to offer contactless grocery delivery with its autonomous robot. The REV-1 robot, which hit the streets of Ann Arbor in December 2019, has been delivering meals from partnering restaurants. Our expansion into grocery delivery was a no-brainer during this time when the need for contactless delivery is so strong, said Matthew Johnson-Roberson, co-founder and CEO of Refraction AI in a statement. According to the robotics startup, the REV-1 delivery robot is able to hold about six paper bags of groceries at a time. Related: WATCH: Ann Arbor food delivery robots busier than ever during COVID-19 pandemic
Logan Restaurant announces closure after 16 years in downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR One of downtowns longest-running establishments, Logan Restaurant, announced that it will be closing its doors permanently after 16 years. The restaurant, owned by brothers Ryan and Thad Gillies, made the announcement on its Facebook page on Monday afternoon. We are sad to announce Logan restaurant will be closing its doors, read the post. In order to move inventory, Logan is transforming into a retail wine store for customers, with discounts for cases and half cases. The Gillies brothers opened fast casual concept Chow Asian Street Food a couple blocks from Logan in 2019.
Owner of Ann Arbors Afternoon Delight reflects on 42 years in business as he retires
ANN ARBOR Tom Hackett wasnt planning on getting out of the business he opened in 1978 -- until COVID-19 arrived in Michigan. For decades, people have been lining up down the street to get a taste of the delicious brunch fare and experience the cozy, family style environment Hackett worked hard to establish. My daughter was raised there and she worked as a waitress when she went to college. The way its going to happen is its going to take a long time to get back to normal. Afternoon Delight reopened on Tuesday for carry out, curbside, catering and delivery and Hackett said the adapted business is already going really well.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market opens for on-site shopping. What to know.
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor Farmers Market has moved to phase two of its reopening as it eases restrictions on in-person shopping due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19. Now customers can pre-order items and shop on-site from vendors. For those planning on shopping at the market, several safety protocols are in place. The walkways have been transformed to one-way to reduce crowds and visitors are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines communicated by market staff or posted around the market. The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is at 315 Detroit St.For more information, including where to park, click here.
Arbor Brewing Company relocating original brewpub after 25 years downtown
ANN ARBOR Arbor Brewing Company announced on Tuesday it will be relocating its downtown brewpub to another location in Ann Arbor. The pub and eatery has been in its current location -- a historic building at 114 E Washington St. -- for 25 years. In a Facebook post, the owners reported increasing operating challenges in the downtown location even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the end of our lease in sight we have made the decision to move out of this location, wrote the owners. Ann Arbor is in our DNA and it is important to us to be here.
The Jagged Fork opens in downtown Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – The Jagged Fork, a popular eatery serving up everything from breakfast to salads and sandwiches, is expanding its footprint in Southeast Michigan with its newest location in Ann Arbor at 414 S. Main Street. (Meredith Bruckner)In a town peppered with breakfast and brunch spots, what makes The Jagged Fork different? It’s all made from scratch and we use the best ingredients.”From all-natural chicken to certified Angus beef, Kemsley said The Jagged Fork prides itself on delivering fresh food and hefty portion sizes. Some dishes on the Ann Arbor menu are a nod to local culture like The Big House Crepe, Maize and Blue(berry) Pancakes and the Main Street Burger. The Jagged Fork is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.