Logan, a 16-year-fixture of Ann Arbor's dining scene, is closing permanently

Mark Kurlyandchik
Detroit Free Press
This is a look into the front window of Ann Arbor restaurant , Logan, at 115 W. Washington in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, just two months after it opened. Logan announced it would be permanently closing during the COVID-19 crisis of 2020.

While some restaurants begin to partially reopen their dining rooms as COVID-19 begins to wane in Michigan, others are making their closures more permanent.

The latest casualty: Logan, a 16-year-old fixture of Ann Arbor's dining scene.

Despite posting early on during the crisis that Logan planned to reopen when the governor gave the all clear, the restaurant took to its Facebook page Monday to announce that it would, in fact, not be welcoming diners again.

"We are sad to announce Logan restaurant will be closing its doors," the post reads. "We had an amazing 16-year run, and we would like to thank everyone that has supported us over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve each and every one of you!"

Just a few months after the restaurant opened on West Washington Street in late 2004, former Free Press Restaurant Critic Sylvia Rector awarded it three out of four stars in her January 2005 review, calling Logan a "chic, new contemporary American restaurant whose distinctive cuisine is turning it into a word-of-mouth hit in downtown Ann Arbor."

Logan was years ahead of the New American curve that became the de facto calling card of so many upscale restaurants over the last decade, with its lack of a steak and potatoes option and its sometimes genre-pushing cuisine.

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Rector would later upgrade its rating to four stars, and continued to name it as one of her favorite Ann Arbor restaurants.

According to the restaurant's Facebook post announcing its closure, Logan will be selling through its wine inventory and Reidel stemware until 7 p.m. Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.

It's not immediately clear whether the decision to close was precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis or if other factors were at play. Calls to Logan co-owner Ryan Gillies were not immediately returned. 

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