University of Michigan alumni know good food. Last month, we shared a list of alumni-owned restaurants in Ann Arbor, and now we profile the alumni who have taken over the Ann Arbor food scene. See just how many U-M graduates have brought fresh taste to the downtown area. And remember them next time you’re wondering where to dine out.
Ari Weinzweig, ’78, and Paul Saginaw, ’76
When college friends Ari Weinzweig (right) and Paul Saginaw opened Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982, they probably didn’t realize the outcome would be a local culinary empire with 10 restaurants and businesses under their umbrella. Read more about them in the current issue of Michigan Alumnus.
Harry Cohen, MSW’80, PhD’88, and Jan Ziegelman Cohen, ’78, MSW’80, ’85
Jan and Harry Cohen have co-owned the seafood eatery the Black Pearl since 2008 and have not looked back since. They aim to offer a restaurant experience where people can be surrounded by “good company.”
Adam Lowenstein, ’06 (co-owned with Justin Herrick, Robbie Schulz, and Paul Drennan)
After quitting school at the age of 21, Adam Lowenstein (far right) partnered with Justin Herrick and eventually Robbie Schulz and Paul Drennan. The quartet now own Live, the Last Word, Big Ten Burrito, Good Time Charley’s, and BTB Cantina. Lowenstein eventually completed his degree in 2006.
Greg Lobdell, ’94, MARCH’98, and Jon Carlson, ’93 (co-owned with Chet Czaplicka)
Greg Lobell (left), Jon Carlson, and Chet Czaplicka (not pictured) own Grizzly Peak, Old German, Lena, Blue Tractor, and Jolly Pumpkin in downtown Ann Arbor. The team also runs 2Mission, which rehabilitated old buildings and reopened them as the restaurants they own today.
John Jonna and Vincent Jonna, MSACC’04
John Jonna, who launched Vinology in 2007 with his daughter, Kristin, has spent more than 30 years in the wine industry. Eventually, son Vincent joined the team, adding his financial expertise into the mix.
Rebecca Winkler, ’95
Rebecca Winkler and partner Binod Dhakal opened their North Campus Indian restaurant, Cardamom, in 2013. Winkler was previously a merchandising manager at Zingerman’s.
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