WASHINGTON COUNTY, Mich. — Some restaurants, stores and other businesses in Washington County have closed this year for a variety of reasons.
While Ann Arbor may already be dealing with closures in 2022, this list details the rest of Washtenaw County. Below are some business closures that have occurred in areas such as Ypsilanti, Saline and Whitmore Lake.
Hamburger Mary’s Ypsilanti branch closed in October after less than a year of opening.
The restaurant chain is known for hosting a string of drag shows, including drag bingo, drag karaoke and other events. The location opened in January as a combined operation with the longstanding Tower Inn at 701 W. Cross St.
The reasoning behind the closure was that the costs required to keep the business running were too high for the owners, Rois and Nathalie Savvides. Although the business initially planned to close for only a few weeks for renovations, the Hamburger Mary’s closure quickly became permanent.
read more: Burger Mary’s closing in Ypsilanti after less than a year
Cheesecake Shop 24
The desert restaurant, which specializes in cheesecakes, has closed its Ypsilanti location at 14 N. Washington St. in May.
Owner Sean Brezell previously said that while the COVID-19 pandemic was not the immediate cause of the closure, reduced traffic and rising cream cheese costs influenced the decision, leading to an “early exit” of the store.
Despite the closure at Ypsilanti, the company still operates at the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, as well as in Madison Heights and Ohio.
read more: 24th Cheescakerie closes Ypsilanti store
After 50 years, an antique shop in Ypsilanti will close at the end of 2022.
Materials Unlimited, 2 W. Michigan Ave., opened in 1972, is a three-story collection of antique locks, brass lighting fixtures, stained glass and mahogany tables. The store has rows and rows of doors, locks, lamps and other antique items to choose from.
After the store closed, owner and founder Reynold Lowe said he planned to focus on his art.
read more: Ypsilanti Antiques Store Closes After 50 Years
Gentle Vibes Vintage
Michelle Birawer, owner of Gentle Vibes Vintage, decided to close her store in October and move her business entirely online.
Gentle Vibes Vintage sells a variety of vintage clothing and jewelry. When Birawer noticed that online sales were generating more revenue than in-person sales, she decided to close the store at 731 W. Cross St.
Gentle Vibes Vintage opens in Ypsilanti in 2021. Now that the store is closed, the vintage shop sells through Etsy and Instagram.
read more: Ypsilanti Antiques to Close Stores, Go Online Only
After serving customers for more than 87 years, the iconic Haab’s restaurant decided to close with immediate effect in March.
Family restaurant at 18th West Michigan Avenue. It prides itself on its home-cooked meals from scratch and the loyal customers it has served over the years. In 1934, Oscar and Otto Haab renamed the restaurant the Haab Brothers Café, and Ypsilanti was born.
Owner Mike Kabat said the health challenges of recent years, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business, were ultimately the deciding factors in closing the restaurant.
read more: “Our customers are family.” 87-year-old Haab’s closes in Ypsilanti
A packaging plant permanently closed its Ypsilanti facility at 1236 Watson Ave. in late May.
The closure cost the region more than 50 jobs, according to a notice sent to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.
read more: Ypsilanti packaging facility to close at end of May
Grow Coffee and Tap House
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House in Ypsilanti decided to permanently close its doors in February.
The popular coffee shop at 307 North River St is closed. A result of issues with social distancing and tent regulations.
Owner Sara Demorest said the closure was partly due to the inability to accommodate large groups after being unable to get city approval to set up an outdoor tent in its beer garden.
read more: Cultivate Coffee’s indefinite closure due to Ypsilanti tent rules, owner says
Smokehouse 52 BBQ
Smokehouse 52 BBQ in Downtown Saline went out of business after owner Phil Tolliver closed in June.
Toliver said a lack of “foot traffic” and rising meat prices made it difficult for business to continue. The location also struggled with other factors, such as its proximity to a busy street and a lack of outdoor seating, he said.
Although Saline’s Grill is closed, Smokehouse 52 BBQ is still open in downtown Chelsea.
read more: Saline’s Smokehouse 52 BBQ is closing, but the owner has plans for a new restaurant
Al Dente Pasta Company
After nearly 40 years at Whitmore Lake, the Al Dente Pasta Company is closing its location at 9815 N. Main St. in august.
The company that produced and sold authentic pasta that could be prepared in minutes collapsed as Al Dente Pasta needed to find more space to expand its business.
Currently, the company is operating from a temporary location at 5775 Brighton Pines Court in Howell while it searches for its next location.
read more: Al Dente Pasta Company closes Whitmore Lake branch to find more space
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