Seva, a popular vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Ann Arbor opened its doors for dinner at its new location in Ann Arbor on Saturday night.
The popular restaurant, which got its start at 314 E. Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor in 1973 recently closed its doors for business to relocate to a different part of Ann Arbor. Last weekend (March 15th) was the restaurant’s last day on E. Liberty Street. After residing at the location for the last 40 years, the restaurant has now moved onto bigger and better things at its new location on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor.
The veg friendly restaurant posted a status on Facebook to spread the news of opening for dinner at their new location around 6:00PM on Saturday March 23rd, that created quite the buzz. “We’re open, come on in!” the post read, following week long posts that featured pictures of the moving and re-decorating process.
Now located between the Hallmark store and an optometrist in the Westgate shopping center on Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor, the restaurant opened its doors and managed to attract a small dinner crowd for its first night back in business. (Be sure to check the photo section of this article for pictures of the new place).
The spacious building and its sleek and modern look are definitely different from the East Liberty location’s 1970’s macrame look. Still, some of Seva’s features remain. Some of their stained glass pieces still hang on the walls, as do several of the framed pieces of artwork and plants that used to hang in the restaurant’s old location. The extensive vegetarian/vegan menu and employees are also still the same.
Their new bar is quite impressive. The countertop was made by owner Jeff Jackson, from glass obtained from liquor/wine bottles and concrete. Jackson was there while we ate, walking around from table to table, making friendly conversation with customers and asking what they thought of the new place. He seemed excited and nervous at the same time. From what he was saying it seemed that they put a lot of hard work into the restaurant today to have everything opened by tonight.
My fiance’ and I ordered our usual favorites from the menu, the vegan burrito and a tempeh burger with yam fries. For an appetizer we had the general tso’s cauliflower. Everything tasted great as usual, but our one qualm was that the prices seemed a bit higher than usual. A meal that would normally only cost us between twenty and thirty dollars, cost us around forty dollars tonight.
The wait staff seemed quite busy and a bit stressed out, but that’s all understandable given the big move. Hopefully they can manage to pull it all together and the restaurant can hopefully be just as successful as it was at their older location.
While the new location is nice, I miss its homey, earthy charm. A huge fan of the seventies look at the old location, this newer, modern environment which closely resembles Seva’s Detroit location is going to take some getting used to, but it definitely has potential.
For anyone who has eaten at Seva before, I highly recommend checking out their new digs. While it will probably take the restaurant awhile to get back into the swing of things, the food still tastes great and it still has some of that green charm we all have come to love over the years. While it may be hard to let go of the seventies/homey, Ann Arbor feel that Seva’s East Liberty location had, sometimes change is good.
When it comes to this vegan friendly restaurant, I think we can all look forward to a happy ending.