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Posted on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 : 2:05 p.m.

Ann Arbor's Max & Erma's restaurant reopens Monday after week of renovations

By Angela Smith


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After closing for one week of extensive remodeling, Max and Erma’s, near the corner of Eisenhower and State Streets, is reopening today with a Grand Reopening Celebration. Local Store Marketer and Supervisor, Victoria Good says customers will notice the Ann Arbor Max and Erma’s still has its “quirky” style, but that it has been given an updated, modern twist.

“We still have the Michigan and the Max and Erma’s touches, but it’s completely renovated,” Good explains.

To celebrate and connect with the community, the restaurant is collaborating with the University of Michigan’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for today. Supporters of JDRF are asked to present their server with a FUNdrasier flyer. Max & Erma’s will donate 20 percent of the supporters’ purchases to the charity, according to an email.


At 4 p.m., members from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, the University of Michigan JDRF, and the general public are invited to a “Cookie-Cutting “ and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony where free cookies and gift cards will be given out to those in attendance.

The remodel is one of many for the Max and Erma’s brand, which was bought by American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, in September 2010. Max and Erma’s celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and has 75 locations in 10 states.

Good says the Ann Arbor location is a high-performing restaurant, and the news of the renovation came with an opportunity to hire more than a dozen new employeesd when the remodel plan was announced.

Tonight’s reopening celebration also will feature the music of Cocktail Jazz Trio, and seating at the outdoor patio around a newly installed fire pit. Max and Erma’s is open until midnight tonight, and is located at 445 E. Eisenhower Parkway, in Ann Arbor.



Tue, Sep 25, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

Their Health Dept. Inspection reports have been very good for their last 2 inspections, with a total of 5 violations (all noncritical). This is a HUGE improvement compared to past years. Given their improvement, I will consider returning after a long absence for just that reason.