Another coney island along Whittaker Road closes, at least temporarily
Another coney island restaurant along Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti Township has closed.
Stony Creek Koney Island, located at 1828 Whittaker Rd. in the Paint Creek Crossing Shopping Center about a mile south of I-94, was closed today.
A woman who did not give her name but who answered the phone at the home of owner Robert Lee Phillips in Lincoln Park said the restaurant was closed, but only temporarily.
“At the moment we’re closed, but we’re not officially closed,” she said. She later added the restaurant was closed for remodeling, but refused to answer further questions and hung up.
The blinds on the windows of Stony Creek Koney Island were shuttered this afternoon, employees of neighboring businesses said.
It’s the second coney island along Whittaker Road to close in as many months. The nearby Kerby’s Koney Island at 1960 Whittaker Rd. closed in early March after just a year in business. At the time, Richard Glaze, general manager of Stony Creek Koney, said former Kerby’s customers were finding their way into his restaurant.
On Sunday, Stony Creek Koney's customers were making their way to Leo's Coney Island, located on Anna J. Stepp Rd., off of Whittaker, a half-mile north, said partner Hassan Bazzi.
While his competition is closing — he saw an uptick when Kerbey's closed — it's still a sad day, Bazzi said.
"It's not good news. Competition makes everyone better," he said. While traffic began to pick up in March, the winter was slow, Bazzi said.
The Paint Creek Crossing Shopping Center, anchored by Kroger, has been hit by at least a couple of closings over the past year: Heelz Plus women’s clothing boutique and Hershey’s Ice Cream.
According to the website of Grenadier Properties, part-owners of the shopping center, 12 storefronts are available for lease, ranging from 1,400 to 6,800 square feet. But the website still showed Hershey’s, which closed last summer, as a tenant. The company could not be reached for comment.
Janet Miller is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com.