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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) 
Movin' On Up!
Sidetrack is getting a 4th Floor!

It's exciting how work is progressing with our new kitchen and new bathrooms expansion. To make room for our new downstairs prep kitchen, the basement floors have been lowered and new concrete is being poured as we figuratively speak. Wiring is underway for new coolers, and other burger and beer lovin' appliances.

Construction on our main floor kitchen and the new bathrooms will start soon. In the meantime, our plans have literally reached new heights as we have made the decision to add another floor to our building! Four floors instead of three! New and improved! 25% more building!

The Sidetrack will of course be on the main floor, new kitchen, new bathrooms and all. On the second floor will be a banquet room for private parties and performances modeled after the ballroom that was once on the second floor of Depot Town's Follet House Hotel through the 1930's - currently The Visual Compass at 19 E. Cross.

The third floor will be rentals. We have six different viable, established businesses who have expressed serious interest in long term leases. Overlooking E. Cross St. will be Sure - Lock Homes Security, Reid and Wright Tutoring Services, and divorce attorneys Ditcher, Kwick and Hyde. On the Sidetrack parking lot side of the building will be a members only three lane bowling alley, offices for a roofing supply company and a taxidermist. All three of these businesses are coincidentally named "Gutters".

Four luxury, 3 bedroom apartments with all the first class amenities from chef's kitchens to whirlpool tubs, fireplaces with moose heads, skylights and more will be on the brand new historically accurate fourth floor.

Signing letters of intent to rent apartment space are Scott the Sidetrack delivery guy and the same guy who's supposed to be the on site manager of the soon to be built Water Street Flats affordable housing complex.

Awesome is that we also purchased, and will install the "HVT's" (The Hydraulic Vacuum Things) from the recently closed Key Bank branch drive through which will enable us to shoot burgers up to any of our four floors by request.

Though the Ypsilanti Historic commission unanimously voted down the idea of a small rooftop ferris wheel for tenants and Sidetrack employees, they loved the idea of raising (not razing) the building. The HDC even made it clear that they would support us adding even a 5th floor - but that's another story.

Construction is expected to be completed by April Fool's Day, 2016.

Photo Credit: Michigan Exposures

Oh yeah, it is that time of year again! Get pumped because we sure are! Pro Tip: If you want a good seat on the patio without having to wait, call Jessica @ 734.483.5230 to make a reservation!  PS: Congrats to our first patio customers of 2015!



Keep Your Growler Grime-Free
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Do you know what's grosser than a grubby growler? Neither do we, which is why we thought we would pass on a few tips on growler care from beer writer Chad Lothian, of If My Coaster Could Talk,

Nobody is asking you to buy a bottle brush, glassware detergent or sanitizers. When you finish your beer you don't have to make it a chore to clean your growler. It's simple really, finish your beer, fill it a quarter to half full with tap water and give it a good shake, empty it out, fill it about the same, give it another shake and empty it, let it air dry, upside down preferably. I throw away the caps, I don't like to take the chance they'll be reused and not hold pressure and it allows the growler to dry.

So next time you pour that last beer from your growler, give it a rinse to keep it grime-free


*By the way, don't forget that you can now get ANY of our 35 draft beers, TO-GO!* 


Help Brand Ypsilanti 


The Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is conducting a survey to gather citizens'  and visitors' feedback regarding the Ypsilanti area. This survey will help them develop tools and messaging to share everything that the Ypsilanti area has to offer to visitors and surrounding communities.


The survey should only take a few minutes of your time. As a thank you, survey participants will receive the opportunity to win a weekend getaway in Ypsilanti, including a hotel stay, dinner gift certificates and tickets to a local event

To take the survey, click here!



 Easter can be a scary time, which is why we aren't taking any chances by staying open. Normal business hours will resume Monday April 6th at 11am.

A Chicken On the Head...


I'm opening a Swiss cheese shop in Jerusalem. I'm calling it Holy Cheesus


Q. What do you do when you see a fireman?

A. Put it out, man.


Q. Why is Communism so easy to understand? 
A. It's literally common cents

Q. What do you call someone who lets people rent wifi signals from them?

A. The Lanlord


Q: Who is the Easter Bunny's favorite actor?

A: Rabbit DeNiro

+A young blonde was on vacation in the swamps of Louisiana. She really wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes to bring back for her boyfriend but didn't want to pay the high prices the local stores were charging.

After becoming very frustrated with the local shopkeepers, the blonde shouted, "I'll just go out and catch my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price!"

The shopkeeper replied, "Good luck! Maybe you'll luck out and catch yourself a big one!"

Determined, the blonde turned and headed for the swamps, set on catching herself an alligator. Later in the day, the shopkeeper is driving home, and he spots the young woman standing waist deep in the water, rope in hand. Just then, he sees a huge 9 foot alligator swimming quickly toward her. She lunges, wraps herself around the beast and with a great deal of effort hauls it on to the swamp bank. Laying nearby were several more alligators all tied up.

Completely amazed, the shopkeeper got out of his car and walked toward the young lady.

Just then the blonde flips the alligator on it's back, and frustrated, shouts up at the shopkeeper, "Ugh! This one isn't wearing shoes either!!"


Q: What type of sneakers do chickens wear?

A: Reebok-bok-bok-bok-bok


Opera in April

The winter is gone and spring is here! April showers bring May flowers and Opera On Tap brings delightful music to your ears. Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment, great food, and a vast assortment of brews. Remember to call ahead to reserve your favorite table for the
Tuesday April 7th, 7:30 dinner seating!
New Kombucha Beer In The House!
Unity Vibrations-
 Raspberry Kombucha Beer!
Unity Vibration's Triple Raspberry Kombucha Beer is a wonderful evolution of their traditional Kombucha. "Triple Goddess" is a marriage of the 30-day brewed Kombucha, organic dried hops and either organic raw ginger root, organic fresh raspberries, organic peaches, or three types of hops, juniper and grapefruit rind.  All aged and open-air-fermented in oak barrels and then bottle conditioned. The combination creates exquisite flavors that have depth and complexity as well as healthy nutrients. Like thier organic Kombucha, it is raw, made with organic ingredients, gluten free, vegan and bottle conditioned and lends itself to healthy and beneficial bacteria. Unity Vibration was the first to release an all-kombucha based Kombucha Beer nationally.
It Might Be April Fool's Day If...

A couple of months ago Eric Bogosian from Law and Order stopped by the Sidetrack for lunch. A few days ago, comedian Jeff Foxworthy was in. He shared some his top ten favorite trademark ,"It might be April Fool's Day" jokes with us.

  1. If Bob Bashera is really going to appeal his might be April Fool's Day.
  2. If you said no to drugs but they just didn't might be April Fool's Day .
  3. If you believe that Ndamukong Suh really wanted to stay in might be April Fool's Day.
  4. If Sidetrack Burger Mondays are the best 1/7th of your might be April Fools Day
  5. If one day it's 56 and sunny, and the next is 25 and might be April Fool's Day.
  6. If you remember learning in school that America was founded in part to avoid paying just might be April Fool's Day.
  7. If you call your doctor because of incontinence, and they ask you to please might be April Fool's Day.
  8. If you say "I love you" and your wife asks "Is that you or the beer talking?" And you say, "It's me...talking to the beer"....It might be April Fool's Day.
  9. If you think that stealing somebody's coffee is mugging, and if you think that abstinence leaves a lot to be desired, and if you think that the Buddhist refused novocaine for his root canal because he wanted to transcend dental might be April Fool's Day.
  10. If you don't think that at least three people who read this newsletter will be seriously asking us when we're going to start construction on our fourth might be April Fool's Day.


Skeletons in Our....Basement?

While digging up our basement for the new prep kitchen, workers found this skeleton. After some research, it turns out that this is the winner of the 1979 Ypsilanti Heritage Festival hide and go seek contest.

If you don't know the drill by now, I am not sure there is hope for you. That being said, this coupon is your ticket to a FREE BURGER (with the purchase of another AND this coupon) on MONDAYS IN APRIL. Be sure to take advantage of this deal before it heads off on summer vacation!

Enjoy one of the following:
+Our Famous Burger, a Turkey Burger, a Black Bean Burger, a Tempeh Burger
or a Portobello Burger

Offer Valid MONDAYS in April, dine-in only, must have coupon.