You may remember it, or may have only heard the stories…

Something about that tiny 23-seat cafe on State Street where the young owner was your waiter, cook, busser, cashier.

That scrappy self-starter was Sava Lelcaj, and the cafe was Sava’s; a tiny lunch stop in Ann Arbor that has matured into the 300-seat restaurant it is today, a community mainstay and an entrepreneur’s American dream.

Sava’s is now the flagship restaurant of a larger and growing hospitality organization while still serving the Ann Arbor community in the all the same ways originally intended—with a diverse and joyful menu, a lively, inviting and inclusive environment, and perhaps above all, the dynamically generous hospitality Sava and her team are best known for.


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