As the beautiful days begin to roll in, and the streets are filled with people kicking back on downtown patios, it’s easy to understand why the Daily Beast recently named Ann Arbor America’s 5th happiest city. Of course there are the venerable staples in the downtown scene, but there are also things moving and shaking downtown, and you might want to check them out. Here are some of the recent business changes:
John Roumanis, owner of Mediterrano and Carlyle Grill, has purchased a vacant downtown building, located at 209 S. Main St., formerly housing the Full Moon restaurant before it closed in 2010. He plans on opening a new venture there this summer.
In a turn of unfortunate news, The Wild Swan Theater has been evicted from its building at 410 S. Maple Rd., where it has hosted productions since 2007. The building, where the production complany has been renting space on a short term lease, was recently foreclosed upon, and was overseen by a court-appointed receiver. After the receiver sold the building, WST was served with an official eviction notice, ordering the troupe out of the Maple Road building by March 31. At press time, the theater company had not yet secured new space.
Mark’s Carts is going to be an even bigger hit this summer, with plans to open Bill’s Beer Garden. Mark’s Carts owner Mark Hodesh is teaming with business partner Bill Zolkowski to sell Michigan beer and wine from 5-11pm 7 days a week. They plan to have live entertainment, and are shooting to open by mid-summer. And yes, you’ll be able to bring the cart food you purchase into the beer garden.