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Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 12:46 p.m.

Ypsilanti's longtime Theo's Bar sold, will reopen in January as The Wurst Bar

By Julie Baker

A staple on Ypsilanti's Cross Street for 37 years, Theo's Bar and Grill was recently sold and will reopen in January as The Wurst Bar, according to a Ypsilanti Courier report.


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Former co-owner George Tangalakis told the Courier that the sale of Theo's, 705 W. Cross St., was bittersweet, and he's optimistic about what the new owners will bring to the community.

The Wurst Bar menu remains in flux, but will feature some unusual sausages — gator and crawfish, rabbit and venison and lamb and bison, according to the story.

The new bar plans to open Jan. 8 after some remodeling, managing partner Jesse Kranyak said.

Read the full report.

Visit The Wurst Bar website or Facebook page for more information.



Sun, Jan 1, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

This has always been a college bar and mostly for the frats and sororities. I doubt the potential clientel in the area will go for rabbit and venison. How about starting with a real good burger. Give the Side Track some competition, they need it.


Sun, Jan 1, 2012 : 1:47 a.m.

Don't worry about that Ralph, since we already grind our own burger at our summer restaurant and since we are already set up to grind all the sausages, we will also be offering a burger that we grind in house... The sausages aren't on the menu just for the college, hopefully we are offering food that everyone in Ypsi can enjoy! Thanks for the comments.

Sasha McIntyre

Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 10:09 p.m.

What a great idea! Totally different from the standard options around here, and the menu looks amazing. I have a feeling this place is going to bring a whole new vibe to the neighborhood....


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 1 p.m.

Old news...what took so long for it to be reported? This was announced well before Christmas, and the new owners were there greeting people last week.

Dug Song

Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 4:07 a.m.

This looks amazing. The menu looks fantastic. Totally Ypsi!

ron menard

Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 1:21 a.m.

i think its a clever name. i also love the ambition to bring something fresh and unique to that block. cant wait to see if they pull it off


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 1:07 a.m.

Theo's is already the wurst bar in Ypsi. Who over 21 even drinks there?


Sat, Dec 31, 2011 : 1:04 a.m.

I would bet that the reason businesses are doing poorly in ypsilanti is because of this type of negativity. personally, i think the change is much needed in the area.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 9:53 p.m.

Wurst name ever

Atticus F.

Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

Bad idea.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 8:06 p.m.

Comical name - but really - think about it Worst - I mean Wurst Bar?


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

I'm afraid this place is going to seriuosly flounder then close within three months


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

What we in the area call, "The Ypsi"


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 9:12 p.m.

Flounder? They're specializing in meat sausages, Ypsi_Wings_Fan, not fish! [ ;-) ]


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 7:08 p.m.

Really surprised if this is a success. Didn't know there were so many sausage aficionados on EMU's campus, because this area isn't know for bringing people into town. That being said, best of luck.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 8 p.m.

Kind of like laws, eh @smokeblwr? Again, unless you just happened to come up with that line yourself, give credit where credit is due (Otto von Bismarck): <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

We love sausage, we just don't like seeing it made.


Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

Sounds like it will be a SausageFest there.

Some Guy in 734

Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 8:17 p.m.

When I was a student, I tended to shy away from night spots that I knew would have too many hot dogs in the ball park. But that could just be me.