ANN ARBOR, MI – The Original Cottage Inn Pizza has been a downtown Ann Arbor fixture for 75 years, but its time will soon come to an end.
The business announced that its space at 512 E. William St. is closed and currently undergoing renovations, with plans to reopen as Pizzeria Bar and Bocce Coratti before University of Michigan graduation weekend.
Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce is known as a place where people can enjoy different styles of pizza, sandwiches, salads and pasta while playing bocce ball on its indoor courts.
“We have been working closely with the new owners,” The Original Cottage Inn’s announcement said. “Making sure our employees are well looked after is a top priority for us. The new owners are hands-on and we are confident they will continue our success in this restaurant venture.”
The new pizzeria will be run by Peter Coratti and his grandsons, Peter Pfeffer and Anthony Coratti. The family-run business opened in Howell in 2021 and has future plans to open in East Lansing.
Coratti said the new business will bring a “fun atmosphere that everyone loves,” with its two bocce courts and casual dining. He said he hopes the new restaurant can appeal to all ages in Ann Arbor.
Although it may be a brand new restaurant, Coratti said he intends to continue many of the traditions and connections that The Original Cottage Inn made during its time in Ann Arbor.
“I’ve been walking around Ann Arbor and we’re very excited to be there with what a college town it is and the great vibe it already has,” he said. “We’re really excited to be a part of it.”
The building on East William Street was put on the market in 2023 as owner Jim Michos began thinking about retirement and how to improve the location.
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Michos previously told MLive that the business was “standing for the right person” and that the change was okay as long as the new business would give 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 managed the business.
The business has become a go-to spot for pizza, pasta and fresh salads over the years and is operated separately from other Cottage Inn locations.
The Original Cottage Inn has also served as a venue for celebrations such as baptisms, rehearsal dinners, company parties, bridal showers and baby showers, among other events.
The business spent 40 years providing free Thanksgiving meals to those in need and recently became a place for people to enjoy sold-out comedy nights.
“Bringing smiles to people’s faces and contributing to the community has been extremely meaningful to all of us,” stated Cottage Inn.
The space on East William Street also served as a location for Iorio’s Gelato. Owner Nick Lemmer said he is looking for another opportunity to keep his business in Ann Arbor.
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“In these uncertain times, our future in Ann Arbor is still undecided,” Lemmer wrote in a statement. “Our passion for creating the best gelato remains unchanged, as does our gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the vibrant life of Ann Arbor.”
As Lemmer figures out what’s next, he shared his appreciation for the Michos family and his optimism for what Coratti’s will bring to Ann Arbor next.
“We are extremely grateful to the Michos family for their collaboration and creation of a unique gelato concept at The Original Cottage Inn,” Lemmer wrote. “Their support and partnership have 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 will continue to operate out of its locations at Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing and Horrocks Market in Kentwood in the meantime.
As The Original Cottage Inn’s chapter comes to a close, the Michos family stated in their announcement that they are proud to have been a part of what Ann Arbor is all about.
“We are privileged to have served you all throughout our journey,” the post read. “It’s truly been a pleasure serving you and we can’t thank you enough for the wonderful times we’ve shared.”
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