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Cottage Inn History

Original Cottage InnOur story begins at the first Cottage Inn restaurant, which opened its doors at 512 East William, Ann Arbor in 1948. This restaurant carries the unique distinction of being the first restaurant in Ann Arbor to serve pizza. The building at 512 E. William St. remains the company’s flagship store today.

The Cottage Inn restaurant offers a diverse menu of Italian and Greek dishes, as well as the famous pizzas that made Cottage Inn who we are today. Needless to say, we continue to serve some of the best food in town.


Cottage Inn Carryout & Delivery started expanding in 1975 when the main restaurant was no longer able to meet the demands of its growing popularity. By 1978, it became apparent we needed a second company, one exclusively devoted to our delivery business. As a result, Cottage Inn Carryout & Delivery, Inc. was established.

The first Cottage Inn store under this new company was founded at the cross-section of Packard and Hill in Ann Arbor. In June of 1986, our first franchise opened on Grove Road in Ypsilanti. By 2003, our new corporate headquarters and distribution center were established.

We currently operate over 50 Cottage Inn stores and franchises in Michigan and Ohio. Our facilities now offer a variety of menu options for carryout and delivery service. Some locations even have inside seating and “all you can eat” pizza buffet bars!

In the coming years, Cottage Inn will be opening its doors in North and South Carolina. The stores are even expanding internationally into China with an estimated 400 stores opening over the next 15 years. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Cottage Inn family and if you are interested in becoming a Cottage Inn franchisee, see our Franchising Information.

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