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Pretzel Bell Returns to Ann Arbor This Spring

Peak nostalgia and pastrami-spiced pork shoulder await

Renderings of Pretzel Bell in Ann Arbor
Renderings of Pretzel Bell in Ann Arbor
Pretzel Bell

U of Michigan alums and fans of a certain age may remember Pretzel Bell, the much-beloved Ann Arbor eatery that opened its doors in 1934 on Liberty Street. The classic restaurant shuttered in 1985, but a new group of restaurateurs will restore this historic restaurant to its original glory in a brand new location.

Announced via release, Pretzel Bell will open its doors in Ann Arbor in April. "This project has stirred up tons of great memories for everyone involved," said Jon Carlson, co-owner and University of Michigan alumnus. "Pretzel Bell was a large part of the University of Michigan college experience.  It’s an honor to bring back an Ann Arbor classic."

The 8,000 square foot restaurant, a project of University of Michigan alumni and athletes partnered with restaurateurs Jon Carlson, Greg Lobdell, and Chet Czaplicka, will feature an upper-level dining room and sports bar in the basement, all decked out with a nostalgic flair. University of Michigan memorabilia and segments of an actual basketball court will round out the perfect game-day atmosphere for sports junkies.

As far as the food is concerned, Pretzel Bell will offer updated modern dishes with a "wink of nostalgia," like a "meat & potatoes" dish with potato tots, shredded cabernet short rib, and roasted parsnips drenched in beef gravy, and a pastrami-spiced pork shoulder served over hominy grits. Craft cocktails, domestic and craft beer, and wine will also be on offer.

Pretzel Bell will open its doors at 226 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor on Thursday, April 14. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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