Mainstreet Ventures reinvested in downtown Ann Arbor this year with the opening of a new concept for the 33-year-old company: a Mediterranean restaurant named Mezzevino that draws on inspiration from Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Morocco.
The restaurant opened at 120 E. Liberty St., in the former Kuroshio space.
Mainstreet Ventures exposed brick walls in the building and uncovered wood floors that were used by the Pretzel Bell — a popular restaurant that occupied the building until 1985.
Mezzevino has a bar, an open kitchen with bar seating and windows that can open when the weather is warm. Fabric and hanging frying pans decorate the ceiling, and the walls are painted blue with hand-painted murals by artist Andre Sikora.
Mezzevino’s menu includes entrees, along with small plates so people can try different dishes and share food.
The restaurant is a new concept for Mainstreet Ventures, which was founded in 1981 and operates 16 restaurants in five states including Ann Arbor’s Real Seafood Company, Gratzi, Carson’s, Palio, The Chop House and La Dolce Vita. The company is preparing to open a Real Seafood Co. in Bay City next year.