If eating is on the agenda, then downtown Plymouth has an expanding menu.
Panache, an upscale restaurant, is opening on Forest in place of the 1999 Tavern, which closed late last year, Plymouth Downtown Development Director Tony Bruscato says.
Nearby, Grape Expectations is reopening as Zin, with a list of 100 changing, seasonal wines and a tapas menu.
Also on Forest, Bagel Fragel is opening in a vacant spot and bringing its twist on bagels to Plymouth.
Perfectly Sweet Cakes and Desserts has opened inside the Boule Artisan Bakery on Ann Arbor Trail.
And down the street at the prominent southeast corner of Main and Ann Arbor Trail, an old Amoco station is making way for a new building that may house a complex of restaurants, Bruscato says. The planning commission recently approved the site plan, limiting the building to two stories instead of three - a point of contention for downtown business owners concerned about inadequate parking.
Bruscato says it is unclear what exactly will go in to the building, but that construction will start within days.
Restaurants aren't the only new game in town. The Agio Spa at 444 S. Main opened about two weeks ago, in place of Spa Julianna, which closed when the owner died, Bruscato says. It offers massage, waxing, Vichy showers, hydrotherapy, facials and hair and body treatments.
"When many other downtowns are just hoping to hang on to what they have or losing businesses," Bruscato says, "we're still seeing new businesses coming."
Source: Tony Bruscato, director, Plymouth Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine