Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saying goodbye to the skating rink & Au Bon Pain

Screw the groundhog, here's the surest sign that winter's almost over. Workers were busy earlier this week tearing down the skating rink at Campus Martius Park, and soon will be setting up for another summer concert series on the lawn.

In related happenings, Campus Martius' Au Bon Pain restaurant, the little cafe that served sandwiches and coffee right at the park, also closed in recent weeks. Kind of a bummer – Au Bon Pain (which also has outlets in the RenCen and in Midtown) – was a nice place to grab lunch at the park.

On the bright side, city officials have already announced that the building will soon be home to a new American bistro-style cafe. According to our hounding research, the new restaurant is due to open by May 1. It's doubtful they can make a turkey wrap as good as Au Bon Pain's, but we're willing to give them a try.