After one door closes in Ann Arbor, a semi-new one will open. Happy’s Pizza is coming back to Ann Arbor after its last Ann Arbor restaurant was destroyed in a fire in January 2014. The Michigan-based pizza chain will be slinging dough in a space that was previously occupied by R.U.B. Pub BBQ, which closed in the spring.
Randy Yono, owner of R.U.B. Pub BBQ, said that his business “wasn’t what it should have been in Ann Arbor” and the sale was “a good opportunity.” In addition to purchasing the building, Happy’s Pizza will also purchase R.U.B.’s liquor license. R.U.B. has occupied the 3,500 square-foot space since January 2013.
Happy’s Pizza was founded by Happy Asker and opened its first store in Detroit in 1994. Today, the pizza chain can be found in California, Nevada, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, with nearly 100 locations between these six states. Happy’s menu includes ribs, chicken, seafood, burgers, breads, salads, and sandwiches.
There is still no projected opening date or franchisee for the new Happy’s home. The previous Ann Arbor Happy’s Pizza was owned by Michael Saffo before being destroyed in a fire.
640 Packard St.