Biz Buzz: March 2018

. March 5, 2018.
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Poke Fish Offers Fast Seafood Option
Poke Fish has opened at 3500 Washtenaw Ave. in the shopping center on the south side of Washtenaw across from Arborland. The casual eatery offers poke bowls, sushiritos (think sushi burritos) and ramen. Poke (Hawaiian for “to section” or “to slice or cut”) is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer or main course Hawaiian cuisine.

Two Jerks Records Closing
The Ypsilanti purveyor of classic vinyl records is closing due to complications after the store was flooded by a broken pipe. The store, open since 2014, announced its closing in a February Facebook post thanking everyone who helped him make his “lifelong dream of owning a record store”possible.

Ricewood Barbecue Opens Inside Morgan & York
The popular food truck that garnered much success parked in the Morgan & York parking lot off Packard is now building a permanent space inside the popular wine and cheese shop. The menu will be identical to what was served from the food truck, but there will be additional seating available and the Chamorro-style dishes will be available year-round. In addition, the original Ricewood food truck will be converted to PoCai (still parked outside M & Y), and will serve poke bowls, acai smoothie bowls and offerings like banana-chia seed toast. A second truck is also in the works, slated to open in April called Kumite that will offer Pacific-Islander Cuisine.

Dolores Mexican Restaurant Opens After Long Wait
Dolores, run by husband and wife Andrew Epstein and Marcela Rubio, has opened at 6 S. Washington St., the former home of the Elbow Room in downtown Ypsi. It offers authentic Mexican specialties including tacos, tostadas, flautas, and a variety of mezcal and tequila.

Friend’s Closet Closing
The vintage thrift and consignment shop at 731 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti has shut its doors, but owner Tay Doss is looking to open up a gallery space.

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Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak