Typically, the word “standard” connotes one of two things—either “nothing extraordinary, just kind of standard” or raising the bar, like “setting a new standard.” Clearly, the recently opened Standard Bistro & Larder in Ann Arbor conjures up the latter.
Over the twenty years I’ve lived in this community— exploring the rest of Washtenaw County— Raja Rani has undergone a number of iterations. Still, I’ve always viewed the old white house fondly whenever I’ve driven past, seeing it as my transition to the bustling activity of downtown.
Once upon a time in Ann Arbor— specifically beginning in 1925 when it first opened— the building at 300 Detroit Street served to fuel automobiles as the Staebler Family Oil Company. Some forty years later, it shifted to offering a different kind of fuel when it became the Ann Arbor Fish Market, and its drive-through front area was closed off with white stucco, creating the triangular-shaped edifice still in existence today.