18 West Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Seating till 8:30
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Seating till 9:30
All major credit cards accepted.
|Haab's Anniversary Celebration
the Haab Brothers opened their café in 1934, the menu included a
chicken dinner (50 cents), a spaghetti dinner (40 cents), and a
barbequed sandwich with French fries (20 cents). You can see a copy of the original menu below.
In 1981, we decided to celebrated Haab’s 47th year in business by
serving those three items from the original menu – at their original
prices. We shocked a lot of folks in Southeastern Michigan!
The popularity of this event far exceeded our expectations; and for 30
years, we continued the tradition on the third Monday in October. (We
estimate we’ve fed over 60,000 people at 1934 prices.) Each year, the
line would begin to form at 8 a.m. (or earlier) for our 11 a.m.
opening; and on some years we’d still have 150 to 200 people in line at
Well . . . 30 years is a long time, and prices continue to go up. So last year we decided to make a change.
We were a bit overwhelmed by the response after announcing last January
that we would be taking reservations for our 80th Anniversary
celebration. The phone began ringing soon after sending our newsletter,
and it didn't stop until we celebrated on the third Monday in October.
From our standpoint, it was a total success! We were able to say "thank
you" to the many people who have supported Haab's over the years, and
our staff was excited to see so many familiar faces. Diners seemed to
enjoy there meals AND the deduction of 34% (based on our founding date
of 1934) from their bills.
As a result of the positive feedback we've received, we've decided to celebrate our 81st anniversary in the same way.
We began taking reservations last October for seating from 11 a.m. till
8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016. If you'd like to make
reservations now, please call us at 734-483-8200.
You should know that last year we had such a high demand for seating in
the evening hours, that we had to close off reservations prior to the
celebration. Earlier times during the day were not quite as possible.
You can see our entire original menu below: