Over 100 restaurants in Ann Arbor have shut since 2019 due to Covid, rising rents and competition from corporate chains, The Michigan Daily reports.
The Daily, the University of Michigan's student newspaper, reports that many were longtime fixtures like Banfield’s Bar and Grill, which opened on Packard Street in 1982.
Over the past three years, the most closings -- 49 -- came in 2020, when the pandemic hit, students went home and in-person activity was suspended. The year before, 28 restaurants closed and to date, 29 have closed this year.
Emily Blumberg of The Daily writes:
The Daily found that only 29 of the 106 food service businesses that closed in the past three years had another business replace them. Of those 29, two were replaced by a dispensary or vape shop, one restaurant was replaced by a clothing store, and the other 26 were replaced by a restaurant. Another five restaurants moved locations and are still operating. The remaining 72 restaurants are still empty, The Daily found.