Close by on Washtenaw, the Brahma Steakhouse also closed. It was opened early last year by Louie Vushaj, uncle to Sava Lelcaj, who owns the popular State St. restaurant, Sava.
Lelcaj says her uncle would rather not comment on the project. He's "been in the industry for a long time, and it just didn't pan out the way he hoped." She adds, "It's a tough location, so I wish the next operators tons of luck." According to a hastily erected sign and banner, those next operators are already on board, and hoped to reopen by mid-January as a Mexican Cantina called Maiz.
Asked for the who, what, where, when, and why of the Baskin-Robbins franchise closing at 2731 Plymouth Rd., Justin Drake, PR manager from corporate, wrote back in the careful manner of PR managers everywhere, saying, basically, that the store closed.