Dexter Welcomes Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales + Kitchen

By Lonnie Huhman,

Maggie Long, the general manager and chef at Jolly Pumpkin’s Dexter location, cuts the ribbon on Nov. 8, to officially open the new restaurant.

Fun, unique and tasty are just a few ways to describe the menu at the Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales + Kitchen.

The Dexter-based location at 2319 Bishop Circle East has been serving food for the past two months, but it held its official ribbon cutting on Nov. 8.

“We’ve always wanted to do this, so it’s really good to be here now,” said Maggie Long, the kitchen’s general manager and chef, of offering food at the Dexter location.

The menu features Shareables, Sandwiches and Tacos, Pizzas, Desserts and selections for kids, such as burgers and cheese pizza.

Shareables include, just to name a couple items, the Twice Fried Drumsticks and Fried Cheese Curds. Two from the next category, again just two from a list, include a pulled pork sandwich and a chicken taco. One of the pizzas is the Sopressata & Sausage with ricotta, mozzarella, dressed arugula and charred tomato sauce. The Southern Lovin’ dessert is a good one with blondie crumble, pinenut brittle plus guy & grey blackberry bourbon vanilla jam.

The ribbon cutting has a number of Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce members, including James Lippens, chamber board president and co-owner of Payroll Vault along with his wife. Lippens said having Jolly Pumpkin n Dexter is a big deal.

“It‘s an honor to have them here,” Lippens said. “They are world renown for what they do. The fact they’ve chosen to be here in Dexter with their great offerings is an amazing opportunity for the community.”

The ribbon cutting was the first big event for new chamber executive director Betsy Sallade-Farina, who said it was a great moment to recognize Jolly Pumpkin’s commitment to the community. She said the great selection of drinks and food items makes the location at 2319 Bishop Circle East, in Dexter’s Industrial park, a must see for residents and visitors.

“This is a unique place,” she said.

Sallade-Farina said Jolly Pumpkin is another example of a thriving and energetic community. She said the chamber will continue to support and recognize local businesses to help with the push to make the community’s business climate a diverse one.

On Nov. 24, for Small Business Saturday, the chamber will celebrate six ribbon cuttings: Flipside Art Studio, Pearl Planning, Proven Kitchen and Bath Studio, Regal Salons, Revive and Ruby’s Makery. For more information on these call 734-426-0887 or go to

She said these businesses, just like Jolly Pumpkin, help make Dexter a great place to live, work, play and prosper, which is the chamber’s mission for the community. Sallade-Farina said she’s committed to making the chamber the best it can be and starts by supporting places such as Jolly Pumpkin.

“I love Dexter,” she said. “It’s a fun community with so much to offer.”

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