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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11 a.m.

Zingerman's wants eve's liquor license, entertainment permit for events space

By Lizzy Alfs

Months after signing a two-year lease for the space formerly occupied by eve the restaurant in Kerrytown, Zingerman’s has submitted a request for an ownership transfer of a liquor license and a dance-entertainment permit.

The new space, known as Zingerman’s Events on Fourth, is used for food preparation, storage and to host meetings and events.


Zingerman's Deli, located at 422 Detroit St., is on track to complete its construction project by summer 2012.

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Grace Singleton, one of the deli’s managing partners, said the events space has been open and operating underneath a management agreement with eve the restaurant to use a liquor license in eve’s name.

However, the request will transfer the liquor license ownership into the Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Inc. name.

Since opening Zingerman’s Events on Fourth early this year, Singleton said the space has been “really successful.”

“We’re having all kinds of events there,” she said. “It’s a really nice space for the area, and is really ideal for 75 or 80 people. It’s a cozy space for everything from birthday parties to 50th anniversaries, small weddings and rehearsal dinners.”

Zingerman’s signed the lease for the events space as part of its expansion project at the Zingerman’s Deli on Detroit Street. The $6.7 million construction project consists of a 10,400-square-foot addition.

Singleton said the project is on track to be completed by summer 2012.

“Right now, we’re building up,” she said. “We have basement walls and we’re moving on the progress. The rain gave us a little bit of trouble, but otherwise, the project seems to be on schedule right now.”

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at


Ming Bucibei

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 2:20 p.m.

They should the the liquor lisense with no questions no hassels!! Ming Bucibei


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:26 p.m.

I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again as the Zingermanization (it's like gentrification, except it costs 75%) of Ann Arbor continues: look forward to more price inflation locally all over as the Zingerman's gleefully and with a smile raises the price-point to "absurd" on what consumers are willing to pay. Zingermans: we shall go where no business has gone before, and raise you at least a few dollars on every item. I'm sad to see them get in on will mean 8 dollar beers for the rest of us.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:59 a.m.

I hope Zingerman's will rent space in the new shopping center on Washtenaw. They have the Midas touch!!

Robert D. Mosley

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 3:59 a.m.

As an out of towner, let me say that I love Zingerman's, so give them what they want. Hail Zingerman's for real!


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 3 a.m.

You can go almost anywhere in the US now and meet people who have heard of Zingermans. They have done nothing but enrich our town , provided good jobs, and tons of support for our city. I think it is possible that those who are negative about Zingermans might have a little sour grapes syndrome. I would think that Ann Arbor would be rolling out the red carpet of gratitude for this workhorse group.

Jon Saalberg

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:39 p.m.

@Atticus F: I welcome a post that provides the proof to back up your words - "Jon, some people feel it's important to expose fraud when they see it." I think it's rather sad to post a comment that would infer any activity whatsoever that is not above board, regarding Zingerman's activities. Frankly, I'm surprised would allow your comment, given that it contains unsubstantiated claims. I think the overwhelming majority of people who frequent Zingerman's would not agree with your assessment of their food. An even cursory glance at the ratings on Yelp seem to provide plenty of evidence that people overwhelmingly agree that Zingerman's provides superlative food.

Stupid Hick

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 11:50 p.m.

Hey I like Zingerman's and am happy to see them succeed, but do you have any comment on what bellboz writes about Z. receiving a $1 million incentive to tear down a building they would have torn down anyway, without public assistance?


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:04 p.m.

Zingerman's is a local business that provides jobs for people, threats the employees well and contributes to the tax base. It is also a great tourist attraction. Whenever possible, it is important to support our local people. It is one of the first places my son-in-law goes to when he visits.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

That should be "treats the employees well."

Raggety Andy

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

if only comments were vetted for veracity... what a better world this would be.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 8:14 p.m.

I don't care what anyone says about Zingerman's...I would practically sell my own children to get my hands on a loaf of their Parmesan Peppercorn bread some days.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:47 p.m.

Ew. Gross. No. I do have taste, dude.

Atticus F.

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:26 p.m.

You'd probably exchange them for a loaf of wonder bread too.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

Maybe Zingerman's should open a brewery next.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 6:18 p.m.

Considering there are many restaurants just as expensive or moreso than Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, I'd love to know the real reason they are the only place people around here ever complain about when it comes to prices.

Atticus F.

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

The places that are "more expensive than Zingermans" are generally fine dinning places that have much more over head. It's like comparing apples to oranges.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:29 p.m.

Zingerman's is great for the 1% the other 99 should check out 'The Bread Basket' on carpenter. do it soon before they go Corporate. I miss Eve in that space. Glad she's still around though.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:34 p.m.

You miss Eve in that space?!? You must be part of the 1% who can afford Zingerman's then!

Jon Saalberg

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

Ah, the Zingerman's haters. Maybe you could just set up a separate thread? Somewhere else? Seriously, it's disappointing that whenever Zingerman's does something positive, people criticize that action - this is a local business that has helped vitalize Ann Arbor's business community, gives tremendously to those in need, and employs hundreds of local residents. And as always, there is the usual dictum - if you don't like the prices, don't eat there.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 1 a.m.

Don't worry, if Zingerman's is actually overrated and overpriced, it will be forced out of business soon enough. Of course, there is usually a line to get in, that may disprove your statement.

Atticus F.

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 9:29 p.m.

Jon, some people feel it's important to expose fraud when they see it. If you don't like people sharing their oppinions about over rated, over priced food, then maybe you should just ignore their rants.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 6:56 p.m.

More than just Zingerman's haters - seems like lots of folks on here just want to bash local businesses, etc. for the sake of bashing.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Amen, Jon!


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 5:22 p.m.

And that justifies taxpayers providing them $1 million in assistance to tear down a burnt out building next door? I don't care who it is. That is cronyism at its worst. Maybe they can name a sandwich after it.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 4:12 p.m.

Maybe they can file a Brownsfield Application so the taxpayers can help fund the cost of the liquor license.

rusty shackelford

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 4:07 p.m.

This is but one small piece of evidence regarding the inanity of liquor licensing in general. A sensible alternative would to make alcohol safety (including overserving, etc) an integral part of food inspections. Of course that will never happen. Prohibition is over, priggishness isn't.


Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:59 p.m.

Do they really even have to ask? Doesn't Zingerman's usually get whatever they want? Hail Zingerman's!

Dr. Rockso

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

I'm looking forward to that $15 pint to go with my $16 sandwich!


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 10:39 a.m.

$15 is for 12 ounces. A pint is $20...

Jim Zamberlan

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 3:54 p.m.

Interesting, I was at a birthday party there on Saturday night and I was curious as to how they were able to serve alcohol as I was under the impression that the liquor license that is now in place at Frita Batidos was from Eve. It remains a beautiful space, and while I can see after being there for an event that it works well for that, it still is a shame in my view that it isn't a isn't a proper restaurant anymore. I have fond memories of evenings at Eve and the Kerrtytown Bistro.