Corner of Main and Liberty to Lose A Landmark

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Several local restaurants have recently joined the ever-expanding list of Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries. Champion House closed suddenly last week, as did Old Country Buffet over the weekend. But I was particularly saddened to hear that the Parthenon Restaurant, which has stood on the corner of Main and Liberty Streets since John and Steve Gavas opened in 1975, will be closing its doors. Later this year Cafe Habana, formerly located on East Washington, will be moving into 226 North Main.

The Parthenon has command of possibly the best-known intersection in town, located on the same corner as Cunningham's Drugs and Mack & Co. a generation earlier.

We found some articles, a photo, and restaurant reviews on the Parthenon in our Ann Arbor News clipping file and have digitized them here for you to savor. While you're at it, you can also read about the Flim Flam Restaurant, which recently closed its doors after 30 years in business. Don't miss the Flim Flam's recipe for their famous eclair!


Wow...what a shame! Champion House was an amazing restaurant, and Old Country Buffet's been there forever.
And I remember eating at the Parthenon when I was really little.

I'm probably in the minority, but I'm not sad to see the Parthenon go. I went there once, it was completely empty and it took over ten minutes after we were seated before anyone came to our table. I'm not sure how long it was before they cam out since we just ended up leaving at that time. There was no telling how long we were going to be there if they couldn't even be bothered to get our drink order.