Yes, as you’ve probably seen by now, the old Famiglia Pizza location at the corner of William and State is currently being converted into a Jimmy John’s. When it opens, it will be the fourth in operation within a few blocks of central campus.
Famous Famiglia’s website proudly boasts that their first Michigan restaurant opened at the prime State Street location in Ann Arbor on July 19, 2001, but fails to mention it abruptly closed less than two years later. I suspect that even a high-volume pizza chain couldn’t support the outragous rents demanded by the corporate, out-of-state landlords that own most of the buildings along that part of State Street. If the Ann Arbor market is not already saturated with Jimmy John’s subs, perhaps they will do better. At any rate, I thought NYPD made better pizza.