Hungry University of Michigan students and Ann Arborites won't have to cross too many downtown blocks to find build-to-order salads, sandwiches, and stone oven pizza. In fact, some of them will only need to go downstairs.
NeoPapalis restaurant, a new-concept offshoot of the PizzaPapalis and RioWraps
chains in metro Detroit, is set to begin serving on the ground floor of the Zaragon West high-rise apartment building at East William and Thompson Streets this fall – very possibly in September, according to owner Joe Sheena.
The 50-seat quick-service eatery won't offer table service. It will have customizable choices ranging from $3 to $12 apiece on the menu and be run by green standards, including aluminum and styrofoam-free disposable ware and energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems.
Sheena anticipates hiring 25-45 employees to staff NeoPapalis, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
"I think this whole idea is geared towards being on a college campus, and what better place to try to launch off this new concept than to do it in the Ann Arbor market," Sheena says.
Source: Joe Sheena, owner, NeoPapalis
Writer: Tanya Muzumdar