ANN ARBOR, MI – The Original Cottage Inn Pizza has been a downtown Ann Arbor fixture for 75 years, but its time is coming to an end soon.
Business, 512 E. William St. announced that its location at is closed and currently undergoing renovations, with plans to reopen as Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce before the University of Michigan graduation weekend.
Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce is known for being a place where people can enjoy different styles of pizza, sandwiches, salads and pasta while playing bocce ball on their indoor courts.
An announcement from The Original Cottage Inn said: “We have worked closely with the new owners. “Ensuring that employees are well taken care of is a top priority for us. The new owners are practical and we are confident that they will continue our success in this restaurant business.”
The new pizza place will be operated by Peter Coratti and his nephews Peter Pfeffer and Anthony Coratti. The family-run business opened in Howell in 2021 with future plans to open in East Lansing.
Coratti said the new business will bring “a fun atmosphere that everyone loves” with two bocce courts and casual dining. He said he hopes the new restaurant can appeal to all age groups in Ann Arbor.
Although it’s a brand new restaurant, Coratti said The Original Cottage Inn aims to continue many of the traditions and relationships it made during its time in Ann Arbor.
“I’ve been walking all over Ann Arbor and we’re really excited to be there because it’s a college town and the great atmosphere that’s already there,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”
The building on East William Street was put on the market in 2023 after owner Jim Michos began thinking about retirement and how to improve the location.
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Michos previously told MLive that the business “serves the right person” and that the change is fine as long as the new business gives people a new favorite place to go.
The Original Cottage Inn started in Ann Arbor in 1948 before being purchased by Nick Michos and George Petropoulos in 1960. In recent years, Michos and his brothers Theo and George have run the business.
The business has become a staple over the years for gourmet pizza, pasta and fresh salads, and is separate from other Cottage Inn locations.
The Original Cottage Inn has served as a venue for celebrations such as baptisms, rehearsal dinners, company parties, bridal showers and baby showers, among other events.
The business has spent 40 years providing free Thanksgiving meals to those in need and recently became a venue for people to enjoy sold-out comedy nights.
“Bringing smiles to people’s faces and contributing to the community has been incredibly meaningful to all of us,” Cottage Inn said.
The space on East William Street also served as Iorio’s Gelato location. Owner Nick Lemmer said he was looking for another opportunity to stay in Ann Arbor for his business.
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“During these uncertain times, our future in Ann Arbor is yet to be determined,” Lemmer said. “Our passion for creating the best gelato remains, and our gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the vibrant life of Ann Arbor remains the same.”
As Lemmer figures out what’s next, he shares his gratitude for the Michos family and his optimism for what Coratti will bring to Ann Arbor next.
“We are extremely grateful to the Michos family for their partnership and creation of a unique gelato concept at The Original Cottage Inn,” said Lemmer. “Their support and partnership has been invaluable and we are excited about their new ventures.”
Although Coratti’s already makes its own gelato, Coratti said he would still be open to working with Lemmer in the future.
Iorio’s Gelateria, meanwhile, will continue to operate out of its locations at Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing and Horrocks Market in Kentwood.
As The Original Cottage Inn’s chapter comes to an end, the Michos family announced in an announcement that they are proud to be a part of Ann Arbor.
“We are proud to serve you all throughout our journey,” the post reads. “It was truly a pleasure serving you and we can’t thank you enough for the wonderful times we shared.”
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