La Pita Fresh signs deal to open restaurant in ex-Beyond Juice in downtown Ann Arbor
A Metro Detroit Mediterranean restaurant operator will expand into Ann Arbor this spring after signing a deal for the former Beyond Juice space on East Liberty Street.
Owner Kasey Chammout signed the lease for the 1,850-square-foot space this month, Giraud said, and now is starting minimal modifications to the restaurant.
Chammout wasn't available to comment for this story.
The location at 529 E. Liberty — steps from The Michigan Theater and the campus-oriented South State Street — remains in high demand, Giraud said.
"We had numerous groups that were interested in the space," Giraud said. "All were food-related."
The landlord, Boston-based MTBU LLC, decided on La Pita Fresh in part because of the concept and Chammout's business experience, Giraud said.
The storefront became available when Beyond Juice closed in December.
Chammout's company is based in Dearborn, where he also operates two affiliated restaurants, according to the corporate Web site.