Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Luwak cooks up new breakfast menu, new look

Forrest Karnopp (left) and his father Jim work late Tuesday night remodeling Cafe Luwak. Photo by Christine Laughren

Forrest Karnopp (left) and his father Jim work late Tuesday night remodeling Cafe Luwak.
Dr. Kimberly A. Rice DDS

New breakfasts coming soon

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 25, 2008    ·    7:36 p.m.

If you were hoping to swing by Café Luwak this week for a tasty sandwich, think again.

Luwak is closed until Friday for remodeling. But don’t worry, the café will be back in business at the end of the week with a fresh coat of paint, a new kitchen and several other overhauls.

A new stove-top is first on the list of major changes at Luwak. The café is installing the stove-top and a new hood to expand its menu, which will include breakfast and possibly a limited dinner menu.

Owner Jim Karnopp said as soon as he mentioned a full breakfast menu customers were contacting him left and right about the idea.

“We’ve been getting calls constantly asking if we have the breakfast menu ready,” Karnopp said. “From all the response I’ve gotten and all the questions I think that breakfast could be bigger than our lunch.”

The breakfast menu will include eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and the “standard breakfast fare.”

Karnopp said he has been working on a recipe for vegan pancakes and experimenting with other breakfast menu items. The café will be testing other menu items between Christmas and the New Year. He said the menu depends on the customers’ demands.

“If customers asked us to stay open until midnight we would do it,” Karnopp said.

Luwak is also looking into getting table service ordering, in addition to the counter service currently used.

“I think if we used the table service that would help the flow of the business,” he said.

A new Web site is also in the works at the café and should be up by the end of the week. Karnopp said the new site would be similar to the current one, though, he is hoping to have online ordering available.

The total cost of improvements adds up to approximately $20,000 according to Karnopp.

Café Luwak is open for phone orders during the reconstruction. For more information visit

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