This list of Ann Arbor's no longer existing restaurants provides capsule reviews and descriptions of the departed diners, struck out steak houses, bygone bakeries, and dearly beloved ex-donut shops of the local landscape.


Whenever possible the list is marked with dates. Some useful sources for historical restaurant information include periodic discussion in the Ann Arbor Townies discussion on Facebook.

Jessica Webster put together a photo set, Take a look back at the restaurants of Ann Arbor's past, with help from Amy Cantu of the Ann Arbor District Library in December 2015.

Annual restaurant guides, when available, help pin down dates.








  • Hinodae, on State where Totoro is now
  • Holly's Steak and Four, on Washtenaw near Platt; future home of Satchel's BBQ
  • Hommus Expresss at 529 East Liberty St, middle eastern food, closed 2014
  • Howard Johnson at 2600 Washtenaw
  • Ideal Restaurant, "Steaks and chops our specialty", 117 E Washington St
  • Indian Summer, State St. (Also known as Govinda's -- and much earlier had been known as The Virginian. The Indian Summer sign is preserved inside the Produce Station, above the produce.)
  • Jason's, where Mr. Greeks is now, on State St. Owned by Koreans in the 90's. Smoking section in basement. Great sandwiches and ice cream. Great peach ice cream, BLT w/avocado.
  • Jefferson Market on Jefferson.  Retro styled convenience store with a gourmet lunch/dinner counter in the back. Replaced by Jefferson Market and Cakery, a cake bakery.
  • Joe’s Star Lounge
  • Joe Joe's next to the People's Food co-op, run by a very sweet Greek woman named Irene and her husband, who I believe was Joe Joe. When they had leftover ripe bananas, you could fill a bag for a buck. It's now No Thai.
  • Jolly Tiger 2080 W. Stadium Blvd. Originally Sambo's Restaurant (chain) in the 1960's, then rebranded as Jolly Tiger in the early 1970's. Oddly, it was changed back to Sambo's in the early 1980's rebranded (again!) with a character named "Family Sam," a friendly senior citizen chef. Now Holidays Restaurant.

  • JoJos in the ring around the mall 625 Hilton


M & N

  • Magic Pan at Briarwood near Sears. Later became Ruby Tuesday and is now California Pizza Kitchen.
  • Mahek, Indian buffet on E Washington St
  • Mallis Steak Out, W Stadium at Liberty; afterwards, La Pinata
  • Manali Cafe, Indian. On Washington at 5th where the Blue Nile expansion is now
  • Mandarin 625 the ring around the mall...that used to be Jojos. in its early days it was actually quite good, with some unusual dishes
  • Manikas, S. Main Street, very good simple food, Greek, I miss it still; Nick Manikas now operates the Classic Cup Cafe on Jackson Road in Scio Township; Shalimar now occupies the S. Main Street location.
  • Mantels at the Briarwood Hilton. "We'll take you back to the good times, when elegance and gracious dining were savored... and expected."
  • Maru, Korean food at the corner of Thompson and William
  • Maude's, 314 S. 4th St.; closed after 20 yrs, then briefly Arriba; subsequently Studio 4 ; now vacant
  • McDonald's next to the Arcade, erected 1976, architects Hobbs+Black of Ann Arbor, won architectural awards, torn down to build the Collegian Building
  • McDonald's near South University and Forest (currently Bubble Island)
  • McDonald's on W Stadium, now Lewis Jewelers
  • Menna's Joint, 607 E. William St; closed in 2016 after two years
  • Metzger's, 203 E. Washington - now moved to Scio Township. Building now is the Arena
  • Michigan League Cafeteria, 227 S. Ingalls - known for "International nights" on Thursdays
  • Middle Kingdom, S Main St - Chinese food
  • Mitch's On South University where Bicycle Jim's was
  • Mr. Flood's Party West Liberty Street, now the West End Cafe
  • Mr. Rib, N. Main St. at Summit, then Packard, then somewhere out by the airport; Soul on a Roll sandwich
  • Mr. Steak near Washtenaw - Stadium intersection
  • Mr. Tony's - Corner of State & WIlliam
  • Monkey Bar on Main St. (Andy Gulvezan)
  • Mountain Jack's near Westgate, a steakhouse, with wine on tap
  • Moveable Feast, West Liberty St., in the former Odd Fellows' Hall; became Daniel's on Liberty (Daniel Huntsbarger)
  • Mysore Woodlands a vegetarian Indian place that replaced DeLong's BBQ pit.
  • Nikko's Pizzeria at the foot of Broadway. You would always get a cheery "Enjoy your pizza, OK?" with your pie
  • Northern Lights Danish sandwiches in Kerrytown
  • Not Another Cafe, South University at Forest, late 90s

O & P


  • Quality Bar briefly where the Quality Bakery was, now Palio's
  • Quality Bakery, noted for its long johns, on S Main St; now Palio's
  • Quarter Bistro, closed 2019
  • Rax Roast Beef, upscale fast-food at South University and Forest. 80s. Afterwards, a campus version of Miki.
  • Red Bull 2222 Hogback, it is now Yotsuba
  • Red's Rite Spot, William, where Tower Plaza is now; Frank's is there now
  • Richard's Follies, 1113 E Huron, 1975. "Play pinball and win a sandwich".
  • Rio Wraps on E William, which never really replaced The Burro in that spot as a go-to place for Mexican food
  • The Round Table, West Liberty (a legendary townie place -- a favorite of judges, lawyers and bankers, but also visited regularly by a few academics from campus. Presided over by Evelyn Stack, who had been a waitress at the restaurant's former location, on West Huron (where a parking lot is now)
  • Road Runner in the ring around the mall...that used to be Jojos.
  • Robbie's at the Ice House is now Live at PJs.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on E Liberty St.
  • Roy’s Squeeze-In, next to the Beer Vault on Detroit Street, across from the Farmers Market. A tiny hole in the wall burger joint, with a sign outside that said "Capacity 5000 (8 at a time)." For those who miss the greasy minimalism of Roy's, there's still one in Ypsilanti (best place around to feel like you've stepped into an Edward Hopper painting) and one in Milan
  • Rubiyat now the location of PJ's live. Originally located on South Main, where Real Seafood is now.