The owners of Krazy Jim’s Blimpyburger have started a fundraising campaign to raise $60,000 for moving and construction costs at a new location. From the post on Indiegogo.com: ”We’ve turned to crowdfunding to help raise a portion of the capital needed to secure our bank loan. In return we are offering some great rewards to our backers. Many people have reached out to us asking how they could help and this seemed like a perfect way for the many fans to show us some love and help us get back to grilling. You would be giving us more than money – our success in this campaign is a vote of support. For the price of a burger, you can get us …
A sad remnant of happier times; the former Blimpy Burger canopy: [photo 1]. The site seems to be undergoing asbestos abatement. A view from backside of block: [photo 2]. Whole University of Michigan “Blimpy Burger” project site ringed with Walbridge construction fence. Door of 543 S. Division: [photo 3]
Spotted the Violin Monster entertaining a small crowd on the steps of the former Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger.
A photo by Thomas Nighswander – featuring Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger owner Rich Magner and several employees – is posted on “The Last Supper” website, which provides details of an Aug. 17 fundraiser and final event at the current Blimpy location at Division and Packard. The event, which costs $100 per person, is described on the website as “a very personalized experience and a chance to meet others as Krazy about Blimpy as you are.” Blimpy’s will be open to the general public through Wednesday, Aug. 14. [Source]
Several real estate deals – including one involving the building that houses Blimpy Burger on South Division – were authorized by University of Michigan regents at their Dec. 13, 2012 board meeting.
The university is buying three properties on the east side of South Division Street, north of Packard – at 545, 549 and 551 S. Division – for a total cost of $1.5 million.
The two properties at 549 and 551 S. Division are being purchased for $1.075 million. Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger, which has been in business since 1953, leases the building at 551 S. Division. The deal is expected to close on Dec. 31, but the lease to Blimpy Burger will run through Aug. 31, 2013. Tenants will …
When The Chronicle sees a Tweet wondering if a local business has closed, that sometimes sends us off on a quest – and Sunday evening, the business in question was Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger. Since we’d covered the mystery closing of another landmark eatery in January, we braced for bad news.
And seeing large CLOSED signs in the windows as we approached, plus a yellow cord strung across the front steps, it wasn’t looking good. But as we got closer, we saw – written much more faintly and in much smaller lettering – ”til Monday.” Then, ignoring the cord, we climbed the stairs and encountered a much more detailed sign on the front door: Blimpy’s was only temporarily closed for renovations. Whew.