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Learn How The Auburn Cafe Evolved Into Metro Detroit's Favorite Greek Restaurant!

About Auburn Cafe
We’re committed to making sure that every bite you eat tastes astounding.

At Auburn Cafe, we put customer service at the heart of your dining experience. You'll feel like family while eating a meal that far surpasses anything your mom ever made.

Whether you want to enjoy a quick lunch or a lingering late-night dinner, we’re confident our chefs will meet your needs. To book a table, contact us today.

The Heartwarming Tale of Auburn Cafe

In the heart of Ecorse, Michigan, nestled between a family home and a Greek social club, a story of passion and perseverance began to unfold in the early 1980s. The Auburn Cafe, initially a modest dive bar existing even before Prohibition, was about to embark on an extraordinary journey.

The catalyst? A hardworking couple, first-generation Greeks who arrived in America in the 1960s. With dreams bigger than themselves, they purchased the bar next to their home in 1981, not realizing the impact they were about to make. The father, an industrial painter at Ford, turned to the bar business as a side venture, but fate had other plans. An injury at work shifted his focus entirely to the burgeoning bar.

Initially offering simple fare like burgers, the menu inadvertently expanded when local patrons fell in love with the authentic Greek dishes served straight from the family kitchen. Word of mouth spread like wildfire, and soon influential people from all walks of life were drawn to the cafe's genuine charm and delicious home-cooked meals. A supportive community of customers, including a generous surgeon, played a pivotal role in financing the cafe's expansion to a new location in the early '90s. This move marked the beginning of Auburn Cafe as we know it today, a blend of old-world charm and modern sensibilities.

Today, Kostas, who was just a toddler when the cafe started, helms the family legacy with a vision to blend the old with the new. He is determined to preserve the original essence of the cafe - the authentic Greek cuisine that has been a staple since the beginning. The philosophy is simple yet profound: no gimmicky trends, just authentic Greek dishes, some with a creative twist on the classics. The idea is to make every guest feel like they're dining at a friend's house, a testament to the cafe's warm and intimate atmosphere. This ethos is echoed by the long-standing staff, some of whom have been part of the Auburn Cafe family for over 30 years.

Looking ahead, Kostas envisions a grand remodel that respects the cafe's rich history while steering it into a chic and modern future. He plans to reinvigorate the space with stylish updates, yet ensuring that every corner echoes the warmth of the original Auburn Cafe.

The secret to Auburn Cafe's enduring success lies in two fundamental principles: the consistency of its mouth-watering food and the unwavering quality of its service. This legacy establishment continues to welcome back generations of customers, some who've moved away but always make the cafe their first stop upon returning. It's not just a restaurant; it's a culinary homecoming.

In the next decade, Auburn Cafe aims to not only renovate its physical space but also to expand its reach, touching more lives with its heartwarming Greek hospitality and delectable cuisine. This isn't just a story of a restaurant; it's a tale of a family, a community, and the enduring power of sharing a meal.

Join us at Auburn Cafe, where every dish has a story, and every visit feels like coming home.

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