Jno (pronounced John) Hunt is seated at one of the stools, a broad smile on his face and a glass in front of him. “I’m here to celebrate,” he says, having just heard news that he will graduate. “I like the mood, the atmosphere.”

Eric Latondess, general manager of Ashley’s restaurant echoes Hunt’s sentiment. “It’s very relaxed.” Indeed, Ashley’s is relaxed, easygoing and a warm spot from which to watch the snow falling on passersby outside the large window.

Ashley’s, one of State Street’s oldest establishments, has been serving beer and whiskey to Ann Arbor for 21 years. Its unassuming fa

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