Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza

It all began in Ann Arbor in 1948 with the birth of the now-iconic Cottage Inn restaurant.

As the years passed, Cottage Inn’s reputation grew, and the restaurant could no longer accommodate all the folks who craved its gourmet pizza, subs and salads. So, in 1975, the company established a separate carryout and delivery operation. Today, Cottage Inn carryout and delivery franchises number more than 40 in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, the Carolinas — with one right here in Holt.

Jeff Hasho, a 10-year veteran of the Cottage Inn organization, is the manager of the Holt store. His enthusiasm for the company, its products and its customers is evident.

“This will sound weird, but my favorite thing is the fast pace of our busiest nights,” he says. “I enjoy interacting with the people in the community.”

That interaction includes supporting local schools through donations of food and time. “We do a lot with Holt and Mason schools,” Jeff says, as well as Delhi’s Building 21 teen center.

Cottage Inn’s menu is crave-inducing. Pizza choices range from thin crust to deep dish to gluten- free options; there are also subs, salads, wings, breadsticks, calzones and beyond. You can even finish with a cinnamon-y or chocolate-drizzled dessert bread.

Cottage Inn offers pickup, delivery and catering, and Jeff notes that it has longer-than-typical hours to better accommodate its customers. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch, it closes at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and midnight Sunday through Thursday. You can view the menu on the website and order online or by phone.

Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza is at 1995 N. Cedar Street, Holt, 699.1000,