Golden Harvest, the Lansing breakfast spot known for quirky dishes, pirate-themed decor and fiercely loyal customers, this week announced it is leaving its home in Old Town for a smaller location.
Beginning Feb. 1, the restaurant will be housed in a renovated storage closet in the Speedway gas station at Michigan and Clemens avenues, said chef and owner Zane Vicknair.
The restaurant will downsize from 34 seats to a single chair and a TV tray. Its kitchen equipment will include only a George Foreman grill and a Keurig single-serve coffee machine. “I won’t lie to you, this is as much a social experiment as a business decision,” Vicknair said. “It’s about taking a no-frills approach where the food is front and center and everything else is secondary. But also, we’re really curious to see how long people are willing to stand in line for this stuff.”
Golden Harvest regular Chad Bradley said he looks forward to the private dining experience and stripped-down setting.
“I think it’s going to be awesome,” said Bradley, who was wearing a shirt with the restaurant’s logo on it. “I feel like Golden Harvest has kind of gotten too big, you know? Like, I saw someone there last week who was wearing a DeWitt football sweatshirt, and I don’t think it was ironic.
“I’m hoping the new location turns a lot of people off so I can feel good again about being in on something exclusive.”
Formerly a cash-only business, Golden Harvest now will accept only bitcoins, Vicknair said.
Building on its reputation for playing aggressive music at anxiety-inducing volumes, the restaurant will play Lou Reed’s 1975 experimental album “Metal Machine Music” on a continuous loop.