Ann Arbor Restaurants Offer Patio Seating for Social Distancing

. June 16, 2020.
Restaurants on Main Street in Ann Arbor have tables set up and ready in their expanded seating areas downtown. Weekend road closures downtown will continue throughout the summer. Image courtesy of Lori Maranville

Ann Arbor street closures, which began June 12, are paving the way for more area restaurants and bars to provide patio seating. This helps restaurants better able to adhere to social distancing rules and serve guests.

The roads were closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 2pm June 12 and will be closed every weekend until August 23 from 2pm Friday to 8pm Sunday. Maynard Street will remain closed seven days a week throughout this time period.

Here’s a list of downtown road closures in Ann Arbor: 

  • Main Street from William Street to Liberty Street.
  • Main Street from Liberty Street to Washington Street.
  • Washington Street​ from South Ashley to Main Street.
  • Maynard Street from East Liberty Street to East William Street (closure is seven days a week).
  • East Liberty Street from Thompson Street to South State Street. 
  • South State Street from East Washington Street to East William Street.

Closures to begin on Friday, June 19, 2020:

  • Church Street from South University to Willard Street.
  • Detroit Street from East Kingsley Avenue to North Fifth Avenue.​
  • Forest Street alley. ​
Maynard Street from East Liberty Street to East William Street will remain closed from June 12 to August 23 to allow for extended patio space for local eateries. Image courtesy of Lori Maranville

Michigan allowed restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity on June 8. Ann Arbor’s City Council approved the street-closure plan prior to reopening, allowing the downtown’s four area business associations to weigh in on street closures.

Knight’s Steakhouse provides seating for guests in a roped off area of East Liberty Street. Many restaurants opened dining rooms and patio areas at 50 percent capacity June 8.  Image courtesy of Lori Maranville

On the first weekend of street closures, Slurping Turtle host Makayla Franklin said people seemed excited about coming back to dine in. “Those patio tables have not sat open for very long at all,” she said during the Saturday lunch rush on June 13. 

Late afternoon diners take advantage of extra patio seating at the Slurping Turtle on East Liberty Street. Image courtesy of Lori Maranville

The restaurant, along with many others, are busy making adjustments, including making sure tables are six feet apart, providing additional seating at existing patios, and patios extending into the street. 

Those venturing out to enjoy a meal, to shop, or to stroll through downtown should consider current CDC guidelines for keeping themselves and others safe while out in public. This includes maintaining a six foot distance between themselves and others, and wearing a face covering when in enclosed places or large crowds. Diners should pack their patience as businesses attempt to reopen under state and local guidelines. 

The dining experience is sure to be different with enhanced health and safety protocols, limited seating, and continued social distancing requirements. 

Main Street at Liberty Street is closed to vehicular traffic every weekend this summer to allow for more social distancing. The four downtown area associations received a grant of up to $50,000 for the cost of installing, removing and renting barricades for the street closures. Image courtesy of Lori Maranville

Note: The list below includes many of the dine-in establishments offering patio seating as of June 13, but is by no means a complete listing and is subject to change. Guests should call ahead to find out the current hours, reservation availability, services, and guidelines of the establishment they wish to visit. 

Restaurants/Dine-in Establishments with Patio Seating

Afternoon Delight

Curbside, take-out, delivery, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

251 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-665-7513. Afternoondelightcafe.com | Hours: 8am-3pm, Monday-Saturday and 8:30am-3pm, Sunday

Ama Bistro

Take-out, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

215 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 734-780-7202. amabistro.com | Hours: 8am-9pm, Monday-Saturday and 8am-4pm, Sunday

Bill’s Beer Garden

Dine-in and patio seating are available. There is a seating limit of parties of 5 or fewer.

218 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. 734-369-8001. Billsbeergarden.com | Hours: 6-11pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 5-9pm, Sunday

Black Pearl

Carry-out, dine-in, reservations, and patio seating are available.

302 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 222-0400. Blackpearlannarbor.com | Hours: 5-11pm, Sunday-Wednesday and 5pm-12am, Thursday-Saturday

Blue LLama

Carry-out, delivery, dine-in, reservations, and patio seating are available every evening. Live music will be playing every night.

314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-372-3200. Bluellamaclub.com | Hours: 5-9pm, Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday

Café Zola

Curbside, take-out, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

112 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-769-2020. Cafezola.com | Hours: 11am-9pm, Monday-Friday and 10am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday

Carson’s

Patio seating is available. Lunch delivery and Dinner delivery have different hours, so be sure to check the menu before placing a carry-out or delivery order.

2000 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor. 888-456-3463 Dine-in reservations.  Carsonsamericanbistro.com | Lunch and Delivery Hours: 12-4pm, Tuesday-Friday

Dine-in/Carryout/Dinner Delivery Hours: 4-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday; 4-10pm, Friday-Saturday and 4-9pm, Sunday 

Chop House

Carry-out, dine-in, and patio are open for dinner service at 4pm. Delivery will be coming soon.

322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-622-0537. Thechophouseannarbor.com | Hours: 4-10pm Sunday-Thursday; 4-11pm Friday-Saturday

Detroit Street Filling Station

Carryout, take-out, delivery, and patio seating for take-out orders are available. Dine-in is not currently available but is coming soon. Beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks, and baked goods now available for consumption at sidewalk tables!

300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. 734-224-8262. thelunchrooma2.com/detroit-street-filling-station-1

Frita Batidos

Curbside and Delivery are currently available. Dine-in and patio seating coming soon. 

117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-2882. Fritabatidos.com | Hours: 11am-11pm, Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-11pm, Thursday-Saturday

Gratzi

Carry-out/Dine-in/Delivery via DoorDash/Reservations/Patio seating. 

326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-663-6387 Carryout. 888-456-3463 Dine-in reservations. Gratzirestaurant.com | Hours: 4-9pm, Sunday-Thursday and 4-10pm, Friday-Saturday

The Grotto

Dine-in/Patio seating. Craft beers and Carry-in available.

303 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor. 734-369-4212. Thegrottobar.com | Hours: Noon-11pm, Sunday; 3pm-12am, Monday-Wednesday; 3pm-1am, Thursday and 11am-2pm, Friday-Saturday

Knight’s Steakhouse/Ann Arbor

Curbside, take-out, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

600 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-887-6899. Knightsrestaurants.com | Hours: 11am-10pm, Sunday-Monday and 11am-Midnight Tuesday-Saturday

KouZina

Take-out, delivery, and patio seating are available.

332 Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-997-5155. Gokouzina.com | Hours: 11am-9pm Sunday-Tuesday and 11am-10pm, Wednesday-Saturday

Miss Kim

Curbside service and take-out are the only available options. No dine-in currently allowed, however there are picnic tables available outside for take-out customers. Beer and wine are available, and can be consumed in the outside seating area.

415 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-275-0099. misskimannarbor.com | Hours: 12-8:30pm, Daily

Neopapalis

Curbside, take-out, dine-in, reservations, and patio seating are available.

500 E. William St., Ann Arbor. 734-929-2227. www.neopapalis.com | Hours: 11am-9pm, Daily

New York Pizza Depot
Take-out, delivery, dine-in, and patio seating available.

605 E. William St., Ann Arbor. 734-669-6973. Newyorkpizza-annarbor.com | Hours: 10-1am, Monday-Wednesday; 10-2:30am, Thursday-Friday; 11-2:30am, Saturday and 11-2am, Sunday

Old Town Tavern

Online ordering is available here. Curbside, carry-out, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

122 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-662-9291. Oldtownaa.com | Hours: 11:30am-10pm, Monday-Thursday; 11:30am-12am, Friday; 4pm-12am, Saturday and 4pm-10pm Sunday

Pacific Rim

114 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-662-9303. Pacificrimbykana.com | Carry-out Hours: 5-8pm, Daily; Dine-in Hours: 5:30-9:30pm, Wednesday-Thursday; 5:30-10:30pm; Friday-Saturday; 5-9pm, Sunday and Closed Monday-Tuesday.

Palio

Carry-out, dine-in, delivery via Doordash, and patio seating are available.

347 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-930-6100. Palioannarbor.com | Hours: 4-9pm, Sunday-Thursday and 4-10pm, Friday-Saturday

Real Seafood Co.

Carry-out, dine-in, delivery via Doordash, and patio seating are available. 

341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 888-456-3463. Dine-in reservations 734-769-7738. Realseafoodcoannarbor.com | Hours: 4-9pm, Monday-Thursday; 12-10pm, Friday; 1-10pm, Saturday and 1-9pm, Sunday

Red Hawk Bar and Grill

Dining room will be opening on June 17.

316 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-4004. redhawkannarbor.com | Hours: 4-8PM, Wednesday-Sunday

Shalimar

Curbside, carry-out, dine-in, and patio seating are available for lunch and dinner. Additionally, there is extra patio seating from adjoining businesses. No buffet available. New menu with lunch thalis available for dine-in only.

307 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-663-1500. Shalimarrestaurant.com | Hours: 11:30am-3pm & 5-10pm, Sunday-Thursday and 11:30am-3pm & 5-11 pm, Friday-Saturday

Silvio’s Organic Pizza

Take-out, dine-in, reservation, and patio seating are available.

715 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-214-6666. Silviositalianfood.com | Hours:

11-9pm, Daily

Slurping Turtle

Carry-out, dine-in, reservations, and patio seating are available.

608 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. (734) 887-6868. slurpingturtle.com/annarbor | Hours: 11:30am-10pm, Sunday & Tuesday-Thursday and 11:30am-11pm, Friday-Saturday

Taqueria Restaurant and Bar

Carry-out, delivery, dine-in, and patio seating are available.

106 E. Liberty St., #120, Ann Arbor. 734-369-6922. taqannarbor.com

Hours: 12-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday; 12-10pm, Friday and 12-10pm, Saturday-Sunday

Vinology

Carry-out, dine-in, reservations, and patio seating are available. 

110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-222-9841. Vinologya2.com | Hours: 4-9pm, Wednesday-Thursday; 4-10pm,  Friday-Saturday and 3-8pm, Sunday



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