Marketplace changes

. November 21, 2012.
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Change is in the air

It used to be that business slowed down in the fourth quarter, just coasting from Thanksgiving to the New Year, but not any more. Some serious moves are being made, which will add another great concept restaurant on Liberty, a new face to a downtown favorite, and another franchise chomping at the bit to sink its teeth into the vibrant Ann Arbor marketplace. 

Isalita, a Mexican Restaurant that is set to open during the first week of December, is the brainchild of Adam Baru, owner of the popular small plate Italian restaurant Mani Osteria. Isalita inhabits a space next to Mani, located at 341 E. Liberty St. 

what crepe?, a Royal Oak-based restaurant, is set to open this month at 241 E. Liberty St., the old Squares Restaurant. Serving more than 50 styles of crepes, customers can grab anything from breakfast to dessert.

The executive chef duties at the Raven's Club, 207 S. Main St., have been turned over to Seth Bateman, who will continue the restaurant's local focus. 

R.U.B. BBQ Pub, a Detroit-based restaurant and bar, is set to open in the building that held the old Packard Pub at 640 Packard, at the intersection of State St.

The Holiday Inn at 3600 Plymouth Rd  — is set to receive a major overhaul with a planned $4 million renovation. All guest rooms will be updated, the lobby and ballroom will be renovated and the restaurant/bar area will be expanded by July 2013.

The Passport Restaurant and Lounge is closing permanently at the 3776 S. State St. location. Whether or not a new location will be opened is yet to be determined.

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