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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Tap Room's new room to open soon, after two years

Tap Room owner Brian Brickley stands in the new addition to his bar, a two-year project set to open as a game area Monday. Photo by Dan DuChene

Tap Room owner Brian Brickley stands in the new addition to his bar, a two-year project set to open as a game area Monday.
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Owner says game area connecting to Annex opening Monday

By Dan DuChene
Feb. 24, 2009    ·    1:46 a.m.


--Updated at 2:18 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2009--

One of the anticipated developments downtown will soon come to fruition, as work on the Tap Room will finish up this week.

Once home to Fast Eddie’s Music Store, now located across Michigan Avenue, the area between the Tap Room and the Tap Room Annex is expected to open for business Monday.

Brian Brickley, who owns the Tap Room, said the space will be used as a game area and will connect both of the establishments along the south side of Michigan Avenue. Two pool tables, a shuffle board table, a new juke box, some pinball machines and additional seating will be located in the new room.

Another draw for the new area Brickley pointed out was the bar's ability to bring back its open mic night. He said the program will be featured every Monday in the new addition. He said the event hasn't been a regular program at the Tap Room since 2004.

Brickley said he took “great strides” to preserve the original Tap Room’s atmosphere.

“You won’t notice much difference,” he said of the original establishment on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

It took two years to add three archways connecting all the areas, replace the floor, restore the ceiling and walls and prepare the addition for business. Two new bathrooms will be located in the new addition, which Brickley intends to eventually replace the two bathrooms in the original establishment.

He said the pool table in the back of the bar will be replaced with darts, which is currently located along the wall across from the bar.

“Thanks for all the support,” Brickley said to the community.

“With rare exception, most of the work was done by customers,” he said. “It took an incredible amount of work.”

Brickley opened the Annex in 2004, which allowed for a full service kitchen and seating for 93, up from 69. He expects this addition to allow up to 200 people in the entire establishment.

With work going on at the Tap Room and Pub 13’s owner David Curtis working to open a Mongolian barbeque during the past years, there have been rumors of an unofficial race between the two bars to see who gets done first.

“It’s been customer driven,” Curtis said of the race. “It’s fun, what we do downtown.”

Not wanting to be prophetic, Brickley reluctantly said, “I think I did,” when asked if he was going to win the race.

Curtis said he is finishing up the inspections on his restaurant, and hopes to open soon.

“We have everything in there we need,” he said.



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