Blimpy Burger searching for new location after U of M buys building

Dec 7, 2012

The passage of right-to-work legislation in the state House and Senate may have Lansing in turmoil, but residents of Ann Arbor learned yesterday of  a more immediate concern.

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger, a staple for U of M students and townies alike, is looking for a new home.

AnnArbor.com has more:

Owner Rich Magner said a deal between the University of Michigan and the property’s owner, Patricia Shafer, means he will have to close Blimpy Burger in summer 2013. He wants to find a new location for the restaurant.

Shafer is the widow of Blimpy Burger's original founder, Jim Shafer.

“I don’t know what the plans are,” Magner said. “But basically, in a nutshell, we will be able to operate in this location into summer 2013 and we will be trying to put a deal together and look for a new location.”

Magner said the University made Shafer an offer "she couldn't refuse."

The menu.
The menu.
Credit blimpyburger.com

Blimpy Burger has been serving customers its heaping stacks of beef since 1953.

A look at the menu, shows the array of heart-stopping sandwich options on offer.

Where else can you get a "quintuple" with a fried egg and salami?

When AnnArbor.com asked Magner why Blimpy Burger was such a hit, he got straight to the point:

"The burgers are really good."

Ann Arbor mayor John Hieftje was saddened by the news:

"I would hope particularly that Blimpy Burger, which is kind of an icon in the community and something I've been going to since I was a teenager … I would hope they could reopen somewhere, but I'd really miss them on that corner."

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom