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Tax Issues Force North Point Restaurant to Close Abruptly

Local restaurant owes Dexter Village and Scio Township unpaid property taxes.

News of the abrupt closure last week has residents wondering what, if any, business will fill the spot located at 8031 Main St.  in downtown Dexter.

The restaurant closed Wednesday. Notices that all of the restaurant’s equipment was being seized for $17,178 in unpaid taxes to both the Village of Dexter and Scio Township were posted on the front of the building.

“It’s a shame. North Point had some of the best food on their menu,” said Jake Michelson, a customer and an Ann Arbor resident.

Steve Bauer, who represents Monument Park Investments LLC, which owns the building North Point was located in, said news of the restaurant’s closure came as a surprise.

“We knew that it was going to be vacating the property, but we didn’t know it was going to do it the way that it did,” Bauer said. “We were caught at a surprise just like everyone else.”

Bauer said he can’t comment on plans for the space right now. “We’re considering all of our options,” he said.

According to Village Manager Donna Dettling, the restaurant owes the village $3,257 in back taxes and $2,000 in unpaid water bills. Scio Township treasurer Donna Palmer said the restaurant also owes the township $11,066 in unpaid taxes from 2008, 2009 and 2010.

North Point is owned by residents Mark Perry and Robert Heebner and opened in 2007.

Palmer and Dexter Village Treasurer Marie Sherry met with Perry in January to work out a payment schedule to recoup property taxes from the restaurant, she said.

“Mr. Perry was working with us to pay the back taxes and agreed to pay us 'X' amount of dollars a month. He made the first payment on time, and then they closed the doors. We had no choice but to put the notice of seizure up,” Palmer said. “We were working closely with Mr. Perry to help him work though the payments. Unfortunately they were struggling, and there is a point where you have to sit down and say, ‘this can’t continue.’”

The abrupt closure also took organizers of the Education Foundation of Dexter’s March 19 fundraising committee by surprise. The foundation had planned to host their at the North Point, and has now changed the location to the Ann Arbor Country Club.

“We are excited that we are able to hold our annual event in this beautiful space located within the Dexter School District,” Jennifer Sortor, co-chairwoman of the auction said. “Our thanks go to Mike Weikle at AACC, who was able to make this happen so quickly and supports our cause to provide innovative educational programs to the students in Dexter.”

Attempts by Patch to reach the owner were unsuccessful Tuesday, and the restaurant's phone line has been disconnected.

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Christy Vander Haagen February 22, 2011 at 09:52 PM
So sad to see this place go.
Elaine Owsley February 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM
What a cowardly way to go. I can't believe the Dexter Education Foundation is the only group left in the lurch. And, since the Township was trying to work with them, doubly bad. I wonder how much warning their employees had.
j February 24, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I had a $25 certificate i was going to use today 2-24-11!!! I was taking my mom out for her birthday!!! Talk about bad timing! I had a terrible lobster dish there a few months back and they gave it to me to come back. Wish now i would have asked for a refund! C'est la vie
Daniel Lai February 24, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Where was the gift certificate from? Some are offering refunds.
mara greatorex February 25, 2011 at 02:25 PM
We were surprised by the closing too! Although we had heard rumors, when we had dinner there on February 12th, the restaurant was quite busy! We had a reservation and still had to wait 10 minutes. My husband and I used a gift card that we were given by friends, and only used part of it, so I was planning to go back for lunch the week they closed. So sad! My family really enjoyed Northpoint! It was great for a romantic night out, but also friendly for when we had the kids with us. The staff was always friendly, and the food was good! I hope another restaurant fills the space soon!
Any February 25, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Employees were given no warning, and many have gone unpaid for hours worked.
Tracy Mattice February 28, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Yes, I agree with the dissapointment of the sudden closing of this restaurant. My husband had received a $100 gift certificate for plowing our neighbors driveway and it is unfortunate for my neighbor who is actually out of the money. A notice to the public would have been more acceptable especially since the Village of Dexter was working with the company.
Kate Braciszewski April 19, 2011 at 12:35 AM
You may use your gift certificate at Terry B's Restaurant in Dexter. 7954 Ann Arbor Street. (734) 426-3727. We are honoring Northpointe Gift Cards up to 25.00 until December 31, 2011. Kate Braciszewski, Owner of Terry B's Restaurant and Bar
Kate Braciszewski April 19, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Terry B's Restaurant and Bar is honoring Northpointe gift cards up to 25.00 until December 31, 2011. Terry B's is located at 7954 Ann Arbor Street. It is the yellow house with the purple awnings next to the park downtown Dexter. Our phone number is: (734) 426-3727. We are open for dinner-Tuesday-Saturday. We have a deck outside--perfect on a nice Spring evening. (we are optomistic)! Kate and Terry Braciszewski/Owners
Kate Braciszewski April 19, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Mara: Terry B's will honor Northpointe gift cards up to $25.00 until December 31, 2011. Please stop by and visit us. We are at 7954 Ann Arbor Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner. (734) 426-3727. Kate Braciszewski/Owner of Terry B's PS: We have a daughter named Mara--love the name! :)

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