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YANNI DIONISOPOULOS, EXODOS ROOFTOP & LOUNGE

YANNI DIONISOPOULOS, EXODOS ROOFTOP & LOUNGE

On a nice summer night, you can hear the DJ spinning and the party happening at what has become a summer (and now a year round) Greektown favorite for music, drinks and a fun time! For those of you who have enjoyed the scene at Exodos Rooftoop & Lounge in Greektown, you can thank Yanni Dionisopoulos, co-owner, and his cousin, Speros Dionisopoulos, for bringing a little bit of Greece back to Greektown.

Yanni and Speros grew up in the hospitality business with their family owning Golden Fleece, just below Exodus, in the heart of Greektown. While he was born here, Yanni grew up in Greece and came back to take business classes at Wayne State University. With the space above the restaurant only being used for overflow diners, Yanni saw an opportunity to expand its functionality and create a destination for fun in the city.

“I was used to going out in Greece,” he said. He wasn’t yet 21 but Greece’s alcohol laws aren’t like the ones here, and quite frankly he was tired of not being able to go out and enjoy that same lifestyle here in the city. And thus, Exodos was born sometime in 2003.

Initially, Yanni and the Exodos family threw parties every other week to get a feel for the operations and see what the response would be. Demand for availability and entertainment grew and word spread, and soon Exodos was throwing private parties and standing as a summertime staple in Greektown.

By 2009 the rooftop summer series was launched and Exodos was a more well-known place to gather and party. Then in 2013, the gang shut down the place to remodel and make it suitable for all-year-round festivities and it’s been increasingly popular as a night out destination ever since.

“We’re not a sports bar and that’s why we only have three TVs,” Yanni said.

He wants guests to be able to relax with each other over cocktails in Exodos’s comfy leather couches and share some appetizers and stories while they’re at it.

“I love interacting with people and I love telling my story,” Yanni said. He also loves asking people if they’re first time guests and if so, what brought them in.

“A lot of people say they’ve heard of us but have never been,” he said. Other people hear the music from the street and it leads them up the stairs and inside for a drink or two.

Since the space is open all year round now, the team is also making some changes by offering menu items from the restaurant downstairs and an additional happy hour during the week for those who work downtown and want to unwind in a cultural and relaxing atmosphere.

Visit exodosrooftop.com and follow them on social. Stop in at 429 Monroe St. too and be prepared for a good time with good company. They also won’t let you leave without doing a shot with you because that’s the way they do hospitality.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

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