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Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Truck crashes into Bona Sera Cafe; no injuries reported

By Katrease Stafford


A black pickup truck crashed into the front of the Bona Sera Cafe Thursday morning.

Courtesy Bona Sera Cafe

A pickup truck crashed through the front of the Bona Sera Cafe in Ypsilanti Thursday morning and became lodged in the doorway, Fire Chief Jon Ichesco said. Crews were working to remove it.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported, but the accident caused an estimated $8,000 worth of damages to the Bona Sera Cafe, Ichesco said.

The force of a collision between a car and a truck pushed the vehicle into the building, Ichesco said.

Bona Sera is located at 200 W. Michigan Ave. at the intersection with Washington Street.


A worker cleaned up debris following an accident that caused a truck to crash into Bona Sera.

Daniel Brenner |

Ichesco said it looked as if the car was trying to go west on Michigan Avenue as the truck was heading north on Washington. The truck driver tried to turn onto Michigan Avenue and was hit by the car.

"It just tied up the street because of the boulevard," Ichesco said.

Bona Sera is a newly opened business in Ypsilanti. The 3,000-square-foot cafe, which seats 60 people, is located in the previous J Neil's Mongolian Grill location.

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Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 8:13 p.m.

Wow, Bona Sera, talk about your take-out orders.....glad no one was hurt tho'.


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.

Somehow I missed the original article about this place opening. Now after reading some of these comments, I will definitely check it out! Can't wait to try the shrimp & grits or oatmeal pie!


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 3:57 a.m.

You missed another great one I think on Monday or Friday of last week. A car tried to go to thru the Vietnamese restaurant on the corner of Huron and Michigan. Light pole lost its life. Just a mess no one hurt I think.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 12:22 a.m.

Here's an update on this story. The restaurant opened at its usual time this morning:

Bona Sera

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 9:40 p.m.

Hey everyone we are open, oatmeal pies and gelato were not injured! Everyone is fine, just a bit shook up. Come on in for dinner...enter on Washington. And...the drive through is closed!


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

Reminds me of:


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

HOPE the homemade whoopie pies are ok!!!! Great place to eat!!

Bona Sera

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 11:25 p.m.

They are safe and sound, ralph!


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.

ya know it seems a little strange to me that several (3+) cars have ended up hitting the buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti. One might think with those slow speeds and cool medians that the road might be a little safer? anybody got any theories?


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 3:59 a.m.

Did you see the one on Huron and Ypsilanti of this week or last? We were turning and almost took the vehicle out that the emergency crews were cleaning up over. Scary. Slow down folks. The restaurants will open soon enough.


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

I heard the truck driver was in handcuffs during clean up.

Michael Roth

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 5:35 p.m.

Did the Police check this guy out? Seems to me that perhaps it just wasn't the sun in the driver's eyes...


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

How fast was the truck going? Crazy. That's not a wide open place where traffic speeds through -- it's usually pretty slow. Maybe not on a quiet Thursday morning after rush hour.

Linda Peck

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 6:10 p.m.

Well, UncleMao, I have to hurry across the street not to get hit by cars/trucks, etc. when I am in that neighborhood. Speeding is de rigueur everytime I am there.

David Wanner

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

I didn't know they had a drive through?


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.

Sadly, the sign posted on the plywood over the entrance right now reads, "Drive-through Service Discontinued Until Further Notice."

Ann Dwyer

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

They do now.

Katrease Stafford

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

Bona Sera posted on its Facebook that the business will be open soon, although a specific time frame was not mentioned. The message also says when it does reopen, patrons will have to use the Washington Street entrance and not the one on Michigan Avenue.

Bona Sera

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.

You can use our regular entrance, and we are open usual times this week. 11-9 tue-fri and 10-9 on Saturday!

Mark Hergott

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

If it isn't a crazy high utility bill, it's a truck in the entrance. I am starting to think that location is cursed...

Bona Sera

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

I hope not, Mark! We feel pretty blessed to have awesome customers, a landlord that insulated and boarded up out doorway within an hour, and police on the scene immediately. We are also thankful no one was hurt! We hope this incident doesnt deter you from stopping in sometime for some great local cuisine ;)