OT - Blimpy Is Back

Submitted by Ponypie on April 18th, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Here's the news link:


Opening in late June downtown - just west of Main near Liberty, in the old Eastern Flame.

The question is whether I will attempt the experience/run the ordering gauntlet after having lived in A2 for nearly 40 years.

No doubt there will be a variety of opinions about the re-opening, even as there were when it closed. But, overall, good to see the icon renewed if only so we can see it on another episode of "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."




April 18th, 2014 at 9:52 AM ^

It won't be the same with it being so far from campus.  With that said, I think they should change their hours to stay open until 3 am for the post bar crowd. Right now there really isn't any good place to get quick food after you go to the bar on main street.


April 18th, 2014 at 5:19 PM ^

That it is, but it is the only place around main. There are a ton of great bars but not a ton of great places to eat after. Even something as simple as a pancheros or BTB just off main would help fix that. I hope blimpy is open late night though


April 18th, 2014 at 10:28 AM ^

Yes, farther from campus.  A huge amount of their lunchtime rush was students.  I don't know how many downtown works will head west of Main St to grab a greasy lunch.  Dinner they should do fine, and who knows if they'll now choose to stay open post-10pm.  If they do, they should do OK but Fleetwood will take a chunk of that crowd.  I don't think they'll get nearly as many random walk-ins as they had before -- students won't head there in between classes and there won't be as many people walking around to grab food while visiting campus.

Ivan Karamazov

April 18th, 2014 at 12:06 PM ^

but my understanding of his sentence was that it applied to people who work downtown, in which case a block west of Main St is not that far.

As an aside, the attitude of students who almost abhor walking anywhere west of State St, let alone Main St has always baffled me.  Downtown Ann Arbor is such a great place to explore on foot, and given the time every student should get out and about more IMO.  Full disclosure, I am a townie.


April 18th, 2014 at 1:13 PM ^

It's not necessarily about exploring downtown, because sure, when you have time to just stroll (which isn't all that often) then downtown is one of many places to head.  But if I just want some food, I don't want to walk from campus to Main St because there are lots of options that don't require that.  


April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 AM ^

I loved taking my girls there when they were growing up. They really liked Jim and his snow carving pics. It will be tough to duplicate the experience in a new place, but I think it will be great regardless. Good news!


April 18th, 2014 at 10:49 AM ^

I am overjoyed by this news, but my personal preference was for the creation of the Blimpy Food Truck.  It would have been glorious.  


April 18th, 2014 at 11:56 AM ^

It makes you a troll because (at least is seems like) you're trying to start an argument about why you don't think Blimpy Burger is very good.  There is no product out there that 100% of the population likes.  Some people think Rolexes or Mercedes Benzes are overrated too.  

No one is contending that 100% of people go crazy for Blimpy Burger.  But this is a thread celebrating its return, so you playing Debbie Downer is a bit troll-ish.