The Drowsy Parrot, one of the Saline's most recognizable businesses, is closing its doors today.
The Saline Post was unable to reach owner Scott Buster for comment. An employee confirmed the rumor, swirling around town since this morning, that today is the final day of business for the intimate cafe. This business had been listed as "for sale" for $47,800.
News of the cafe's closing saddened Saline residents. Kat Foley, who owns a downtown photography studio, enjoyed her morning coffee at the Drowsy Parrot this morning and hopes it wasn't her last in the cafe, which is guarded by a colorful wooden parrot perched on the second story balcony.
“First Houghton (the elementary school to be demolished), and now this. It's like my whole youth is imploding,” Foley said.
Karen Delhey was saddened by the news and planned to visit the cafe on the way home from work.
“What an incredible loss to the community of a Saline icon. I'm so sad,” she said.
Owner Scott Buster had been trying to sell the cafe for years but found now takers. Gerald Krone and his wife were once happy regulars at the Drowsy Parrot, but stopped going about a year and a half ago when they detected the business was deteriorating.
“You could see ownership wasn't investing in the business, so this was predictable. But we really missed it,” Krone said. “It was great because of the ambiance and the small venue. You could have conversations with people without working too hard. We still have friends we met there and continue to stay in touch with them.”
City Council member David Rhoads said it would be a shame for downtown Saline to lose such a recognizable business.
“I hope that whoever comes in there retains the name. The Drowsy Parrot is a significant piece of our downtown,” Rhoads said.
The Drowsy Parrot was founded by Al Kaiser, a former postman, and Patrick Haley, in 1992 at 105 N. Ann Arbor St., a building once home to the town's library.
The business was on the market for $$47,800 (Click here for the listing).
Well established coffee and sandwich shop in Washtenaw County. Turn-key cash business awaiting your touch. Untapped potential abounds. Summer curbside seating, great indoor atmosphere, easy parking, & great location. Seller will provide P&L. Square Footage does not include basement storage area.
The building is owned Keith Larder, according to Washtenaw County records.
(Edited: Patrick Haley was co-founder of Drowsy Parrot)