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Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Wolverine Grill in Ypsilanti listed for sale after closing last month

By Lizzy Alfs

The Wolverine Grill, a longtime Ypsilanti restaurant on West Michigan Avenue, closed its doors on Oct. 19, and now the restaurant is listed for sale.

Both the 5,000-square-foot building and the restaurant are listed with Tom Stachler of Real Estate One for $189,000.


The Wolverine Grill in Ypsilanti is listed for sale after the restaurant closed Oct. 19.

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There are two apartments and an office above the restaurant, which is located at 228 W. Michigan Ave.

The listing markets the property as a “great opportunity” to purchase income property and own a business.

The Wolverine has been located on West Michigan Avenue since the 1930s. Greg Batianis has owned the restaurant since 1963.

Batianis retired in 2008, and his daughter, Debbie, has been operating the restaurant. Due to health complications, the family had to close the business on Oct. 19, Stachler said.

“It's temporarily closed until we can find someone else to take over the business,” he said.

Stachler said someone can purchase just the restaurant, or the building as well.

He said he’s been receiving interest in the property, and the goal is to reopen the restaurant within the next 30 days.

“We’ve had a good deal of interest from other folks that either are in the restaurant business or would like to get into the restaurant business,” he said. “The discussions are ongoing with a few interested parties.”

For more on this story, visit local blogger Mark Maynard's website.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Sat, Nov 5, 2011 : 4:58 p.m.

I know Ypsi has other greasy spoons but I loved the food here and being downtown, was so convenient. I hope it doesn't turn into a Yuppie place that also closes-like the Mongolian for example (due to the owner not being able to afford his bills.) The Wolverine Grill had cheap but good eats.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:36 p.m.

I only made it there once, but the food and service were very good. Best of luck to the family with whatever they do.

Carole Clare

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:30 p.m.

Assessed Value: $63,400 Taxes wont be too high, looks like a good deal.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:01 a.m.

I was saddened to read that the Wolverine closed. Back in the mid 1970's it was where YPD, EMU PD, and sometimes MSP would meet for breakfast at 6 am. It was the only place I could afford to get a decent meal at my $2.75/hr pay rate. Great memories of a great family owned business of which there are not enough of anymore. I wish the Batianis' the best in the future and thank you for serving the city for all these years.

Tom Joad

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 12:06 a.m.

Too bad, wanted to check that place out. Hope someone reopens it. Downtown Ypsilanti is being revitalized, lots of loft apartments on W. Michigan Ave, and a lot of young people are moving there because you get a ton of space for your money. With more people living there the demand for restaurants and other amenities will be there.

stacie carr

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:19 p.m.

I can't beleive that the Wolverine Grill, is closed down, The Batianis Family has ran a great bussiness over all of these years. I have known Lil Greg, for many years along with his family. I also found out that my great grandmother, worked for the restaurant back in the 1940,(her name was, Mary Hobbs)Another great bussiness in Ypsilanti that will be missed. Lots of hard work was put into a great place. Will miss you all. Take care

Andrew Jason Clock

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:03 p.m.

Over here in Ypsilanti, we've been talking about this for a while already. Here's the first of three conversations. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

Lizzy Alfs

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 9:24 p.m.

Thanks @Andrew Jason Clock. That's why it's referenced at the bottom of the article.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 8:45 p.m.

So sorry to see this great place close. The food was good, the wait staff remembered you after you were there just once, and it had great &quot;diner&quot; atmosphere. Sure hope someone can resurect it.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

Wow, that seems like a bargain basement price for what you get!