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 "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but in the very least you need a beer."  
 -Abraham Lincoln 
New Drafts For Spring!
While many people were awaiting the arrival of Bells Oberon, we here at The Sidetrack were gearing up to roll out our newest line-up of draft beers. Keep your eye out for these hand-picked brews.

Don't miss out on our NEW $4 40oz FRIDAYS! 
$4 for any PREMIUM 40oz malt liquor. 
Not included in Happy Hour. BYORS
(Bring Your Own Roller Skates)
The New "McPlan" for Ypsilanti


     After months of quiet negotiations, the McDonalds Restaurant Group and the City of Ypsilanti have announced the sale and purchase of our historic Depot Town MCRR Depot building! McDonald's spokesperson "Big Mac" McMillan said, "Ypsilanti has been very good to us. We have restaurants on Ecorse Rd., Huron River Dr., James Hart Pkwy off Whitaker Rd., and Washtenaw Ave. The new Depot Town location will give us 5 restaurants in a 3 mile radius."


     The preliminary architectural drawings (shown above) show an outdoor seating area facing the railroad tracks and the familiar Golden Arches extending over the 2 drive through window lanes. McDonald's has also negotiated a 20 year lease on the open Farmer's Market plaza area to be revamped as "The McPlaza", a landscaped picnic and relaxation area featuring the return of popular McDonaldland characters including Mayor McCheese, Officer Big Mac, and Grimace.


     "This newest McDonalds will have an expanded McCafe to accommodate the anticipated train commuters, big screen TVs, and plush furniture. Discussions include the possibility of introducing table service", McMillan said. "We are well aware of the historic importance of the trains to Depot Town. The restaurant will be decorated with quality vintage railroadian...railraodia...some really cool train stuff."


     McDonalds is the largest fast food chain in the world with 14,000 stores serving 68 million customers a day in 119 countries. The newest Depot Town, Ypsilanti store is expected to employ 35 - 45 people.


     Construction is scheduled to begin in May of this year with completion on September 31st, 2014.

 A Look Back at March 2013


-Kwame was convicted. The Motor City Bandits- Kwame, his best friend, and his Dad. It started with the red Lincoln Navigator and a couple of fur coats for Carlita. Then came the never disproven Manoogian Mansion party that allegedly never happened, the private jets, the Civic Fund, and paper bags, briefcases and bras filled with hunnerds. Protect and self serve.


-Almost 1 million people from around the world crowded the Sistine Chapel shouting, "We want a Pope!" Just when things appeared popeless, Cardinal Jorges Bergoglio of Argentina was introduced as Pope St. Francis. From the Papel balcony, St. Francis said, "Id est libet olim illie vespere congressus." Which, in Latin, means, "This is what happens when you miss a meeting."


-Reggie Bush signed a contract with the Detroit Lions as their premier running back. He should excel because, as a 7 year NFL pro and the former live in boyfriend of our BFF Kim Kardashian, Bush has already had plenty of experience running from aggressive millionaires determined to keep him out of the endzone.


With the end of the school year in sight, we  are gearing up for graduation! Now boasting TWO events spaces, as well as FULL off-site catering services, The Sidetrack is the perfect place to celebrate! Keep in mind that we get incredibly busy for both U of M and EMU graduations, so make your reservations before we fill up- Just call Jessica at 734.483.5230 and she will take care of all your reservation and catering needs.

We are holding an Empty Bowls fundraiser on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 5 - 8 p.m.


The annual fundraiser will be held in our new space, next to Frenchie's and is open to the public. Concordia University's Artist in Residence coordinated the creation of the handmade bowls that can be purchased. With a $10 donation individuals can get a bowl and soup with bread or crackers. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the SOS Community Services' food pantry. 


Want to find out more about Empty Bowls? Take a look at this video-
Empty Bowls 2011
Empty Bowls 2011


Ultimate April Fools Edition


-Why did the office name their printer Bob Marley? 'Cause it be jammin'.


-Duck walks up to the road. Looks both ways and starts to cross. Chicken standing near him says, "Dude, you will never hear the end of this."


-Do you know whats really odd?

Just about every other number.


-How often do I joke about the elements?



-I'm tired of these Chemistry jokes, we should take them all and Barium. I would tell you another one but all the good ones Argon.


-Want to hear a joke about pizza?

Never mind, it's too cheesy.


-Want to hear a joke about construction?

Never mind, I'm still working on it.


-I was going to tell a joke about Kurt Cobain...but Nevermind

Hot or Not? The Science Behind Beer Goggles



     A guy at the bar orders a shot of Tequila. He slams it, pulls a photo from his shirt pocket, he looks at the photo, and orders another shot. He slams it down, pulls the photo from his shirt pocket, again looks at the photo, and orders another shot. The bartender asks what he's doing. "It's a photo of my wife. When she starts to look good, I go home."


Sexist? Absolutely. Tasteless? Yep. And, according to research led by Dr. Amanda Ellison of England's Durham University, it's true. Kind of.


"It" is called Beer Goggles, a name for the way we look at members of the opposite sex after a few drinks. Dr. Ellison's study shows that men and women don't actually physically see each other any differently after imbibing, but the discretion is decreased - while the desire is increased. Ellison explains that regardless of alcohol consumption, "The part of our brain that encourages us to mate keeps working, while drinking alcohol shuts down the section of our brains that helps prevent us from acting on impulse." A combination that often results in awkward mornings, empty promises to call the next day, and often, the dreaded Walk of Shame.


We have no idea as to how many hours or how much was spent on this Durham University study, but the same results could have easily been had by asking any college freshman  

Something Old, Something New, Something Barreled, Something Brewed  

While we like to switch things up with our tap selection, sometimes you just can't deny the value in an ole standby. We are excited to announce the return of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, a long-time favorite brew at The Sidetrack.
 Additionally, we are looking forward to tapping our first keg of Fuller's ESB soon. Although Fuller's may be new to our draught line-up, the beer has quite an expansive history. In fact, beer has been brewed on Fuller's Chiswick site for over 350 years - as far back as the era of Oliver Cromwell.*
(according to the internet.) 
Be sure to try our newest bottled brew too! Sammy Smith's Organic Strawberry Ale is the perfect beer for spring!
Stay Current 
Don't Miss The Current's 2013 Reader's Choice Poll!

Do you know of a great Doggie Daycare?  Got any idea which local band has the best name? What about a place to get a great hamburger ? (wink, wink...) If you have the inside scoop on the best people, places and things in Washtenaw County then be sure to vote in this year's Reader's Choice Poll! Voting ends April 15th and you can simply fill out your ballot HERE. GOTV!
Also, it is easy to keep up to date with all that is happening around town, just check out The Current on Facebook!
Bring on the Bourbon 

If you love Bourbon as much as we do then get your drinking shoes ready! We are currently in the process of expanding our awesome bourbon selection and are excited to bring you a few new libations for your enjoyment. 

Buffalo Trace, Basil Hayden, Bulleit and New Holland's Beer Barrel Bourbon... just to name a few.



UPDATE: This year's Comedy Jam to benefit The MI Firehouse Museum was a HUGE success! Record crowds came out to see performances by Michael Winslow (of Police Academy fame) and the all the proceeds from bar, sponsored by The Sidetrack, went to hep the museum. Thanks to all who came out!


As Bob Marley once said, "none but ourselves can free our minds". While we may not be able to free your mind, we can FREE YOUR BURGER!
Come in on Mondays in April, coupon in hand, and get a free burger with a purchase of another. Yes, you need this coupon or there will be no soul shakedown party for you.
Offer Valid WITH COUPON on Mondays in APRIL. Dine in only.