As the Ann Arbor area begins to open back up, locals and visitors are venturing out for a bite or a drink. Restaurants are allowed to open for indoor and outdoor dining at 50% capacity with tables 6 feet apart from one another, allowing for social distancing. With summer in full-swing, one of the best ways to enjoy the weather is by dining outdoors. 

Street Closures: The city of Ann Arbor has taken steps to allow downtown restaurants access to the street to allow for social distancing and create more outdoor dining experiences. Every weekend through August 23rd, starting Friday at 2:00 PM until Sunday at 8:00 PM, various streets in downtown Ann Arbor will be filled with tables and diners. This is an amazing opportunity to experience downtown Ann Arbor in a whole new way!

  • Main Street between William Street – Washington Street
  • Washington Street between South Ashley Street – Main Street
  • East Liberty Street between Thompson Street – South State Street
  • South State Street between East Washington Street – East William Street
  • Maynard Street between East Liberty Street – East William Street

Effective July 1: Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan. The governor’s order applies to establishments with on-premises retailer liquor licenses. That means that most breweries, pubs and distilleries can stay open indoors. 

No matter how you choose to enjoy Ann Arbor, be sure to follow the requirements and recommendations of local and state health officials, the CDC, and your health care provider. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, practice frequent hand washing, utilize face coverings when in public and be respectful of others.

Below is just a sampling of patios that are now open in Washtenaw County, a bit of inspiration to get out and enjoy dining al fresco. Make sure to call ahead to confirm hours and policies. View a listing of Ann Arbor area restaurants.

 

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery (Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street)

A Main Street staple, Jolly Pumpkin has a friendly, casual vibe. Serving upscale pub fair, the truffle fries are a must, and locally concocted hoppy brews. Jolly Pumpkin produces a seasonal varieties of unfiltered "rustic country" beers and sours, perfect for summer. Their outdoor rooftop patio is like a downtown oasis. They also offer dog-friendly dining on the sidewalk and street.

Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery

 

Sava’s (Downtown Ann Arbor, State Street)

Dinner on the patio, in the shade of a redbud tree, watching the world go by. Sip on a hand-crafted cocktail or a full-bodied wine while indulging in a delicious entrée. Sava's has a fresh, locally sourced menu and an inviting patio space, located right in the heart of Ann Arbor. Sava’s has the good life all figured out! 

Sava's Patio, Ann Arbor

 

HOMES Brewery (Ann Arbor)

Boasting an array of beers with a focus on sours, their menu also offers Asian-influenced street food. Their name is meaningful to them in several ways, but mainly it's the great lakes acronym (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior). While the food and beer are certainly delicious the patio is outstanding! They offer a covered area as well as uncovered. The fire feature adds warmth and flickering ambiance.

 

Black Diesel Coffee (Ann Arbor)

Offering sustainably sourced goods such as coffee, gelato, and sandwiches, this charming little café has a spacious patio with bright orange umbrellas. Bask in the sun or grab some shade with an expertly crafted beverage. The affogato is a decadent summer treat, combining rich gelato with their silky espresso. You can feel extra good about spending your money with Black Diesel Coffee. They have a vision for the greater community good. They donate coffee, tea, services, and proceeds to community organizations in the local and broader communities.

Black Diesel Coffee

 

Red Rock Downtown BBQ (Downtown, Ypsilanti) 

Summer is time for BBQ! Red Rock offers delicious house-smoked barbecue, tender pulled pork, black angus brisket, St. Louis style ribs, and dry-rubbed chicken, all smoked on-site and prepared daily. This is the perfect spot for freshly-made sandwiches, burgers, salads, as well as great craft beers and drink specials. Their shaded patio is now open for dining, right in the heart of Ypsilanti. 

Street Closures: Beginning June 22 through September 8th, Washington Street in Downtown Ypsilanti will be closed to allow for dining and entertainment with social distancing. Now is the perfect time to enjoy Ypsilanti! 

Red Rock Downtown BBQ

 

Sidetrack Bar and Grill (Depot Town, Ypsilanti) 

Depot Town is looking even more colorful these days. Expanded outdoor dining options are available at Sidetrack. Located is a historic 1850's building next to the railroad tracks, this lively bar is known for their handcrafted burgers. After dinner, grab a growler of beer to go from one of their 37 taps. 

Street Closures: Beginning June 22 through September 8th, Ypsilanti has closed off East Cross Street in Depot Town. Art, music and entertainment events are planned to enjoy while dining outside.

Sidetrack Bar and Grill

 

Salt Springs Brewery (Saline)

The biergarten sits in the shadow of this 121-year-old converted church. In the heart of Saline, you’ll experience locally malted grains and Michigan sourced hops crafted into small batch brews. Share some of their sinfully, gooey, cheese bread by the fire as dusk turns to night.

Street Closures: Each weekend, Saline will be closing S. Ann Arbor Street, from Henry to Michigan Ave, and N. Ann Arbor Street, from Michigan Ave to the entrance of the public lot, from 11:00 AM Friday till 10:00 PM Saturday for outdoor dining.

 

Zou Zou's Cafe & Coffee Bar (Chelsea) 

This artistic, French-themed corner cafe located on Main Street in Chelsea, is the perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. Zou Zou's has been doing food right for over 21 years. This is where you want to go for sweet and savory crepes, fresh baked goods, gourmet coffee and teas, and smoothies. Their colorful patio space is now open to enjoy.

In Chelsea, there are currently 13 restaurants with outdoor seating. Some parking spots have been blocked off for additional outdoor seating but there are no street closures. Be sure to participate in Chelsea's "Eat, Drink, Enjoy!" restaurant specials. Every Wednesday in July participating restaurants will run specials all day for your enjoyment. 

Zou Zou's Cafe and Coffee Bar

 

Peppers Mexican Grill (Milan) 

Street tacos and margaritas on the outdoor patio? Yes please! Pepper's on Main Street in Milan is the spot for delicious Mexican food. Stop in for your fill of fajitas, burritos, salads, seafood, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more.

Pepper's Mexican Grill

 

Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ (Dexter)

While you can’t actually sleep here, you’ll want to! The brisket and ribs hug your tummy in a meaty embrace. Smother the succulent meat in the cherry BBQ sauce or choose from one of the others. The best news? You get to enjoy all this on their covered patio right in downtown Dexter.

Street Closures: Downtown Dexter will be closing various parking spots and parking lots for outdoor retail and dining room for next 60 days. This summer is a great time to explore Dexter!

Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ

 

This is just a few of the eateries offering outdoor seating options. We hope you are inspired to enjoy the outdoors and dine al fresco. Take time to explore the other awesome outdoor dining and drinking options the Ann Arbor area has to offer! We recommend you contact the individual establishments to verify their hours, offerings and policies. View a listing of Ann Arbor area restaurants.

No matter how you choose to enjoy Ann Arbor, be sure to follow the requirements and recommendations of local and state health officials, the CDC, and your health care provider. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, practice frequent hand washing, utilize face coverings when in public and be respectful of others.

 

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