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Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 5:55 a.m.

Aubree's Pizzeria & Tavern planned for ex-North Point restaurant space in Dexter

By Paula Gardner

An Aubree’s Pizzeria & Tavern franchise appears headed for Dexter in the space that had been occupied by North Point Seafood & Steak House until it closed suddenly in February.

A partnership called Dexter Capital LLC received approval this week from the Village Council to transfer an escrowed liquor license for the new business, which will be located at 8031 Main.


The ex-North Point restaurant, which is being converted to an Aubree's, according to village documents.

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The building, called Monument Park, was developed by A.R. Brouwer of Dexter. The company’s president, Steve Brouwer, is listed as a partner in the new venture.

Also listed on the village’s application for the transfer is Ron Evangelista. He said he couldn’t confirm the new restaurant would be an Aubree’s outlet, but he did say a family-style pizza and sports bar is in the planning stages.

Demolition of the former restaurant’s interior is under way, Evangelista added.

Aubree’s Saloon has been an anchor destination in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town for many years, more recently expanding to locations in Ypsilanti Township and Northville.

Aubree’s owner Bill French and Andy French, his son, have been developing plans to franchise the concept, with the goal of opening several regional locations by year-end.

“We think we have a great story to tell,” Andy French told for a recent story. “Michigan’s economy has been tough for a number of years, and we’ve been able to be successful in it. We believe the pizza-beer-casual restaurant setting will be successful in any economic time.”

According to council documents, Amy Bulszewicz of Pinckney is the president of Dexter Capital LLC, which is registered with the state under the name Rob Bulszewicz of Livonia. Amy Bulszewicz was not available to answer questions about the restaurant.

The Dexter outlet of Aubree’s Pizzeria & Tavern would be the sixth under that name and should open by mid-June, according to the village. It also plans to offer outdoor seating.

Paula Gardner is Business News Director of Contact her at 734-623-2586 or by email. Sign up for the weekly Business Review newsletter, distributed every Thursday, here.



Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 4:07 p.m.

This is a perfect choice for downtown dexter, couldn't be more excited. Great food, tons of tv's (whoever complained about this, it's a SPORTS BAR) and affordable drinks/beer. Can't wait!

Wolf's Bane

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 12:13 a.m.

Too many restaurants, not enough customers. Just saying...


Fri, Apr 15, 2011 : 3:09 a.m.

Well, if the Dexter location is anything like the Haggerty one... we'll never, ever go there. TVs everywhere, including one in EVERY booth. Why can't somebody take a chance with something a little more adventurous? How about a fantastic, destination-worthy Tex-Mex joint? That would draw from the region, not just Dexter. Instead, we get more caesar salads, more wrap sandwiches, more burgers, and - yes - more pizza. Big disappointment. The only silver lining might be an actual later "night life" scene in Dexter, with pool tables and so forth. Aside from Katie's (yet another generic beer/burger/pizza joint), there's nothing of the sort in Dexter now. All this makes me (and I'm sure - city planners) realize how special a place like the Common Grill is. It's a local institution, as well as a perennial regional draw. THAT"S the kind of restaurant (regardless of cuisine type) that Dexter needs now. Maybe the secret is - your food has to be really, really good (Northpoint's wasn't - only average).


Thu, Apr 14, 2011 : 12:24 a.m.

Lets see we have: Cottage Inn, Classic Pizza, Wings n things, Jets, Pizza Hut, Dominos and now Aubrees ...Don't you think we have enough pizza establishments in Dexter ? We were hoping for something unique to move in and feel let down knowing it's another pizza, beer and burger joint. I remember Aubrees in Depot Town as a college bar..hope this one will be better than it sounds.


Fri, Apr 15, 2011 : 12:33 a.m.

Aubree's has a great menu selection! Lots of variety and a nice atmosphere too! Dexter residents will surely love having an Aubree's in town!


Thu, Apr 14, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

Their menu has some really good items on it, give it a try.

4 Fingers

Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 6 p.m.

I couldn't be more thrilled! They have great food, a good selection of beer, and the pricing is right. I hope they do delivery that would be the cherry on top. D Pub better get there gloves on!


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 4:55 p.m.

Will be bad news for Dexters Pub, sounds like direct competition, will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

David Briegel

Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 2:34 p.m.

The people of the Dexter Area will truely love Aubree's pizza. I love their fresh ingredients! A good famiily friendly sports bar will be a nice fit. And I like Top Cats suggestion for Michigan craft beer!


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 2:09 p.m.

Yea! Steelers fans take note!!


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 2:03 p.m.

Love Aubree's pizza. Now I won't have to drive so far to get it!


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 1:41 p.m.

Will they be handing out free sugar shots when the train crosses over the bridge on the west side of town?

Top Cat

Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 1:25 p.m.

This is a much better fit for Dexter than North Point was. There is every reason to believe it will be successful. A focus on serving Michigan craft beer would be a smart move.


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 1:05 p.m.

Both Ypsi Aubree's locations are great bars/restaurants. I'm sure they'll be successful in Dexter.


Wed, Apr 13, 2011 : 12:54 p.m.

Decent. Considering how many Ypsi natives have taken up residence in Dexter, there should be great support for Aubree's here!