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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne & Monroe Counties Michigan

Juicy Kitchen Reopens

Juicy Kitchen provides healthy, locally sourced, creative breakfast and lunch, prepared meals and catering. Much of the menu is vegetarian, and there are many vegan and gluten-free options. Co-owners Kelby Behan and Aaron Ziola had to close temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business dropped off by 75 percent in March when they tried offering take-out meals. The owners had to place almost all of their employees on temporary leave and did most of the ordering, cooking and delivering themselves. They made food for community partners White Lotus Farms and Argus Farm Stop, which sold the food to hungry customers, and also supplied 800 meals to workers at Michigan Medicine, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

Behan and Ziola were able to pay their employees thanks to a GoFundMe account. The cafe raised more than $12,000 and they were able to bring back almost all of the 12 staffers.

Carry-out hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thu. through Sat. Location:1506 North Maple Rd., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-585-5562, email [email protected] or visit JuicyKitchen-a2.com.