10B- The Michigan DailWee ened Magazine - h rsaFebruary 6, 1997
The. Michiganaily Weekend
The Michigan ajIv Weeken~i
Never a dull moment ... not even on a T.
Wday at 3:00 a.m. ...
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The Fleetwood Diner is an Ann Arbor classic. At 3:00 a.m. on a Tuesday, the diner at the corner of Ashley and Liberty
Streets is as lively as most places get on a Friday night. The Fleetwood is one of the few places where you can enjoy a meal with
students, junkies, professors, hippies and drunks all under the same welcoming roof. As some of the regulars will tell you, 25 years
ago the diner didn't stick out; now, it's like an oasis of what Ann Arbor used to be.
Back then, Dan (pictured at left with the blue hat) was scared to go into the diner. He said the place was full of greasers
"with stilettos on their boots and axle grease in their hair." He understands that some people are still scared to come in. However
there is nothing to be scared of now. Sure, Mike, (one of the cooks, pictured top center), was attacked once by a drunk, but wouldn't
you have loved to see Sarah (one of the waitresses, pictured top left) jump on the drunk guy's back while trying to help her fellow
The Fleetwood definitely has its quirks, but they all add up to one awesome place. Plus, the food is pretty good as well.
Breakfast is served 24 hours a day, along with regular diner cuisine. Highly recommended is the Hippie Hash, which is made with
hash browns, vegetable and feta cheese. So next time you're hungry - or just bored - at 3:00 a.m., visit the Fleetwood. Even if
you're not hungry, order a cup of coffee and admire the diverse clientele that flocks to Ann Arbor's most charismatic eatery. The
experience will definitely not be a dull one.
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Photostory by Jonathan Summer