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Posted on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 11:51 a.m.

Restaurateur Roger Hewitt will open eatery in new Zaragon Place student high-rise

By Dan Meisler

Roger Hewitt, operator of the Red Hawk restaurant and the now-closed Zanzibar eatery, both on South State Street, will open a sandwich shop and convenience store on the ground floor of the new Zaragon Place student housing high-rise on East University.

Hewitt and business partner Richard Schubach have leased all 1,800 square feet of ground-floor retail space in the apartment building, which has 248 beds.

Hewitt declined to discuss the details of the lease, which he signed in June. He hopes to have the stores, which have not been named yet, open by September.

"I think this is a great location, both for the buildings and the surroundings," he said. "It's right near a lot of university departments, and near East Quad, too."

Zaragon Place, developed by Chicago-based Zaragon is next door to the popular Red Hot Lovers restaurant, which closed last year after thriving for many years at the location.

Another student high rise opening this year, 4Eleven Lofts on East Washington and Division streets - developed by Joseph Freed & Associates- has more than 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail. It has yet to secure a tenant.

At Zaragon, Hewitt said he'll offer mostly carry-out food, and hopes to be able to sell packaged beer and wine out of the convenience store.


ann arbor girl

Fri, Aug 7, 2009 : 7:47 a.m.

Roger & Dick are wonderful restauranteurs, but even more, they are tremendous community supporters and passionate downtown advocates. I wish you both great success with this new venture - and I look forward to your grand opening next month in S. U.


Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 3:20 p.m.

Congrats, Roger and Dick! You guys don't sit still very long....

Gina Valo

Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 12:07 p.m.

Congrats to Hewitt for moving forward. Sounds like a solid business plan. Now if we could only get someone to develop the retail space at 4Eleven. A classy lounge with comfy seating would be a nice happy hour alternative to Bar Louie for Googlers and other young professionals.