ANN ARBOR, MI – The Original Cottage Inn Pizza has been a fixture of downtown Ann Arbor for 75 years, but its time will soon come to an end.
The business announced its space at 512 E. William St. is closed and currently undergoing renovations, with plans to reopen as Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce before the University of Michigan’s graduation weekend.
Coratti’s Pizzeria Bar and Bocce is known for being a spot people can enjoy different styles of pizza, sandwiches, salads and pasta while playing bocce ball on its indoor courts.
“We have collaborated closely with the new owners,” The Original Cottage Inn’s announcement stated. “Ensuring the employees are well taken care of is a top priority for us. The new owners are hands-on and we’re confident they’ll carry on our success in this restaurant venture.”
The new pizza place will be run by Peter Coratti and his nephews, 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 vibe that everyone loves,” with its two bocce courts and casual dining. He said he’s hopeful the new restaurant can appeal to all ages in Ann Arbor.
Although it may be a brand-new restaurant, Coratti said he aims to continue many of the traditions and connections The Original Cottage Inn made during its time in Ann Arbor.
“I’ve been walking all around Ann Arbor and I am just really excited to be there with it being a college town and the great vibe it already has,” he said. “I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
The building on East William Street was put on the market in 2023 after owner Jim Michos began thinking about retirement and how to improve the location.
Michos previously told MLive the business was “holding out for the right person,” and that change was OK as long as the new business was going to give people a new favorite spot to go to.
The Original Cottage Inn began 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 been managing the business.
The business has become a go-to spot for gourmet pizza, pasta and fresh salads over the years and operates separately from other Cottage Inn locations.
The Original Cottage Inn also has served as a place for celebrations like baptisms, rehearsal dinners, company parties, bridal showers and baby showers, among other events.
The business spent 40 years supplying free Thanksgiving Day meals for those in need and recently became a spot for people to enjoy sold-out comedy nights.
“Bringing smiles to people’s faces and contributing to the community has been incredibly meaningful for all of us,” Cottage Inn’s stated.
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 for his business to stay in Ann Arbor.
“In these uncertain times, our future in Ann Arbor is yet to be determined,” Lemmer wrote in a statement. “Our passion for creating the finest gelato remains unchanged, as does our gratitude for the opportunity to have been a part of Ann Arbor’s vibrant life.”
As Lemmer figures out what is next, he shared his appreciation for the Michos family and his optimism for what Coratti’s will bring to Ann Arbor next.
“We are immensely thankful to the Michos family for their collaboration and the creation of a unique gelato concept at The Original Cottage Inn,” Lemmer wrote. “Their support and partnership have been invaluable, and we are excited for 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 operating out of its locations in Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing and Horrocks Market in Kentwood in the meantime.
As The Original Cottage Inn’s chapter comes to an end, 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 all of you throughout our journey,” the post stated. “It’s truly been a pleasure serving you, and we can’t thank you enough for the wonderful times we’ve shared.”