Haab’s restaurant closes after 87 years in Ypsilanti


Haab’s restaurant, a long-time staple of Ypsilanti, announced its closure after 87 years in business on March 3.

“It is with deep sadness that we share with you that we will be closing our doors effective 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3,” restaurant owner Mike Kabat said in a written statement. “It is hard for us to believe that after 87 years there will be no more Haab’s restaurant in downtown Ypsilanti.”

Haab’s has been a family business since it was founded in 1934 by Oscar and Otto Haab, who previously called it Haab Brothers Cafe.

Kabat purchased the restaurant in 1976 with former business partner Harvey Glaze until his retirement in 1986 and was later replaced by Steve Yandian.

Dave Kabat bought half of the restaurant from Yandian in 2000 after graduating from the culinary arts program at Washtenaw Community College and continued the tradition of the family business.

Kabat said many factors led to the restaurant’s closure, including its age as well as a decline in business. He has worked at Haab for 47 years and his son and business partner, Dave, has worked there for 35 years.

The restaurant received many calls from members of the Ypsilanti community and loyal customers following the announcement of the closure.

“We had over 1,000 phone calls on Friday, and we’re still getting calls from across the country.” Kabat said: “So it was absolutely overwhelming; we had no idea how deep it would be.”

Haab’s Restaurant has served many generations of families in Southeast Michigan, creating a welcoming community for all who visit.

“We will truly miss the interactions with our clientele, it’s what woke us up in the mornings every day and I can’t wait to see what was considered friends.” Kabat said. “It was just a joy to serve them over the years. It is something that we will greatly miss. »


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