Discover Dimitri’s Opa! Restaurant In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We’re pleased to announce that today is the grand opening of Dimitri’s Opa! Restaurant and Bar in Downtown Auburn Hills at 3315 Auburn Road.  This new restaurant is located at the northeast corner of Auburn Road and Squirrel Court, in the building Parkside Tavern once occupied.  The interior has been freshened up to provide a pleasant dining experience while the 60-foot, wrap-around bar and two fireplaces remain in place.

Demitri’s Opa! is located at 3315 Auburn Road in Downtown Auburn Hills

Their menu offers a wide range of foods, but guests will most likely be interested in their authentic Greek dishes including chicken, beef, pork and lamb kabobs, stuffed grape leaves, and everyone’s favorite gyros.   And don’t be surprised if you hear some shout out “Opa!” because yes they have the ever-popular flaming cheese on the menu.

If you’re not interested in Greek food, no need to worry, Dimitri’s has you covered. Their menu includes a variety of salads, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pitas, and seafood.  For those with a more hearty appetite, they offer prime rib, steaks, chops, and St. Louis style spare ribs.  They also have a kids menu for youngsters with a smaller appetite.

So don’t wait – discover Dimitri’s today with a little bit of OPA!

Spittin’ Feathers Wins 9th Annual BBQ Cook-Off Championship

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills held its 9th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 23rd and 24th.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills’ Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

All thirty teams competed in the four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for the chance win the coveted Grand Championship title.  This year’s cook-off included five teams from Ohio and one team from Georgia.

Spittin’ Feathers – First Place Overall

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion – Spittin’ Feathers BBQ, from Poland, Ohio.  They will now be considered for participation in the two largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

Overall Rankings

  1. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ (Grand Champion)
  2. Slippery Pete’s BBQ (Reserve Champion)
  3. J & B’s BBQ
  4. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  5. .40 Caliber BBQ


  1. J & B’s BBQ
  2. PB&J’s BBQ Team
  3. Kevlar BBQ
  4. .40 Caliber BBQ
  5. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ

Pork Ribs

  1. Slippery Pete’s BBQ
  2. Got Smoke!
  3. iBQ’
  4. Smokin’ Good Time BBQ
  5. Bad Wolf BBQ

Slippery Pete’s BBQ – #1 In Pork Ribs


  1. Bo-B-Q BBQ
  2. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ
  3. Corporal Klingers Q
  4. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  5. Two Crackers Q-ing


  1. Fat Head’s Brewery & Smokehouse
  2. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  4. Slippery Pete’s BBQ
  5. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ

For more information about the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) or how to become a certified BBQ Judge please visit KCBS website at


Genisys Credit Union, Norma Group, Sonesta ES Suites, Noon Optimist Club, Meijer, Duffy’s Pub, Plante Moran, Broner Inc., DTE Energy, The River Church, Community Impact Church, Little Caesars

Wine, Birthday Cake And Gifts Mark One Year For Michigan By The Bottle

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Michigan By The Bottle owners Cortney and Shannon Casey are gearing up for their First Birthday Bash – celebrating one year in their new Downtown Auburn Hills location.

The Birthday Bash will be held from 12 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, July 15th and will feature live music all day.  Their partner wineries are generously donating prizes to give away, including discounted bottles of wine and VIP experiences at their wineries.

Enjoy free samples (barkeep’s choice, one per person) and free vanilla or chocolate birthday cake while supplies last!  They’ll also be drawing for plenty of logo swag.

All of their tastings will be on a token system (one pour at a time) that day to expedite service and make sure everyone gets their wine quickly.  Weather permitting, their patio will be open so that guests can enjoy their wine outside, overlooking beautiful Downtown Auburn Hills.

Team members celebrating Hour Detroit magazine’s 2017 Best Wine Bar designation. Clockwise from left: Team Member Nancy Johnston, Owner Cortney Casey, Owner Shannon Casey, Team Member Whitney Pearce and Manager Elaine Evans

“We’re so excited to be celebrating one year in Downtown Auburn Hills,” said Cortney.  “We would have never found this spot if it weren’t for Shawn Keenan of the City.  We’re so thankful that he pointed us in this direction and showed us this prime location in the heart of Downtown.  We just keep picking up traction as we go, and every day, new people seem to be discovering us.”

Cortney snapped this photo of their Downtown Auburn Hills location last spring when tulips were at their peak

Cortney and Shannon say they enjoy the friendly atmosphere Downtown and have begun forming partnerships with the local business like Jo’Angela’ Pizza & Deli Company for their BYOP (Bring Your Own Pizza) events.  Every Wednesday evening, Michigan By The Bottle guests can call Jo’Angela’s to have pizza and salad delivered right to their table while they enjoy their wine.

We wish Michigan By The Bottle a very Happy First Birthday and continued success in Downtown Auburn Hills.

Creating A Vibrant Downtown

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

We are excited to announce that yesterday, Auburn Hills gained affiliate status in the Main Street Oakland County program.

Staff and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) members were on hand to celebrate this wonderful achievement.  County officials also honored 11 other Main Street Communities that met the challenging criteria for receiving national accreditation from the National Main Street Center.

Each presenter talked about the quality of life component downtowns bring to communities across Oakland County. The services offered through this program will assist Auburn Hills in enhancing and supporting our wonderful downtown.

Congratulations to all the communities recognized yesterday.

Having A Cheesy Time

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

We love supporting our businesses in Downtown Auburn Hills, whether it’s grabbing lunch at the Family Table or ice cream from Twist ‘N Dip.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend my first special event at the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room located at 3384 Auburn Rd.  It was a cheese and wine pairing featuring Zingerman’s cheeses.  I love cheese and I love wine, so it was the perfect event for me.   The staff at Michigan By the Bottle were fast on their feet, making sure we enjoyed every minute of our experience.

If you haven’t been to a special event at the Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room yet, check out their website to see a full listing.  It’s good to pre-register, as nearly all events sell out early.

I’m looking forward to more events throughout the year, including Sips and Serenity which is wine and yoga on June 6th.  Hope to see you there!

New Downtown Café Keeps It All In The Family

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

During this busy holiday season, there are many opportunities to “shop small” in Downtown Auburn Hills.  Small, independently-owned businesses are essential to our local economy and make our city the special, hometown place that it is.


The Family Table Café is a recent and welcome addition to Downtown Auburn Hills.  Joe Kidder, his daughter, Jocelyn and son, Brandon are all equal partners in this new venture.  This casual and comfortable restaurant was an idea that developed naturally for the Kidder Family.


Joe’s daughter, Jocelyn, had been intrigued by cooking since grade 3 when she researched Chef Emeril Lagasse for a school project. After high school, she completed a cooking program and began working alongside her brother, Brandon, at an upscale restaurant in a nearby community.  Over the years, it became a dream and goal to own a place of their own.

The dream became a reality when a restaurant owner and friend of Joe’s decided to retire early.  This restaurant-ready family opened their doors in early fall of this year.


The menu promotes a fresh, healthy way of eating “without going off the deep end” said Brandon.  They serve the old favorites, like burgers and fries, but use fresh ingredients and put a spin on tradition with great offerings like the Apple – White Cheddar Omelet, Balsamic Chicken – Strawberry Caprese Salad and the Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wrap.


Visit The Family Table Café at 3343 Auburn Road.  They’re open Monday – Saturday, 6am to 3pm and Sunday from 7am to 2pm.  We wish this family-owned business much success.

New Mixed-Use Development Underway In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Samantha Mariuz, Director of Authorities

You may have noticed something a bit different about Downtown Auburn Hills if you have traveled along Auburn Road in the last two weeks.  Recently, construction fencing went up along the perimeter of the property at the southwest corner of S. Squirrel and Auburn.  This fencing represents the first phases of construction for the new mixed-use, multifamily development “The Residences at Thirty Two 50”.


Over the last several months, a series of planning meetings transpired to bring this project to life.  In October, the property was purchased and the project was kicked into high gear.  This specific project requires environmental clean-up.  Many years ago, a gas station stood on this site.  When the station was demolished, the site was filled with material not suitable by today’s engineering standards for this new building.


The duty of the Auburn Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (AHBRA) is to assist in the environmental remediation of sites, to make them redevelopment ready.  The AHBRA was an integral piece of the puzzle with The Residences at Thirty Two 50.  The Board of Directors and our consultants at AKT Peerless have provided Foremost Development Company with unprecedented assistance in the environmental remediation of this site.  Graciously, the AHBRA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are providing loans of nearly $1,000,000 to clean this site and help Downtown Auburn Hills grow and thrive!


In early spring of 2017, you will begin to see the construction of the building go vertical, and then a year later in spring of 2018, we will have many new residents moving into downtown.  The Residences at Thirty Two 50 will include 48 one and two-bedroom luxury apartments ranging from 650 to 1,031 square feet.  On the ground level there will be nearly 4,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.  Developer, Terry Baily, tells the City that he anticipates a coffee shop, a shopping boutique and a bike store.  We are all excited to have the bike store to accompany the miles of trails traversing Auburn Hills, the new apartment’s access to the Clinton River Trail as well as the Rolling in the Hills Community Bike Rides!