American Fifth Spirits
March 4 2015
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production...
Feb. 25 2015
The local craft beer scene continues to boom with the recent announcement that Ellison Brewery and Spirits, a proposed new microbrewery/ microdistillery, will open in East Lansing later this year. The...
Feb. 18 2015
Just to be clear: There’s nobody named Dan behind the scenes at Dan’s Coney Island — at least not now. The fledgling diner on Lansing’s south side may coincidentally hire an eponymous...
Feb. 11 2015
Before Carl Lewis, Jeff Bezos and President Barack Obama made it to the top of their respective fields, they all worked in fast food — Olympic Gold medalist Lewis and Amazon founder Bezos worked...
Feb. 4 2015
In the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon,” author James Hilton dreamed up Shangri- La, a utopian society populated with a citizenry that doesn’t age. Last fall, a new Lansing business opened that...
Jan. 28 2015
Downtown Lansing’s new bar is hot. Literally hot — it’s in the low- to mid- 90s inside. “It’s not even as hot as it could be,” said Patty Sutherland. “Hot yoga...
Jan. 21 2015
Lansing gets intergalactic Wednesday with the opening of Cosmos, a wood-fired pizzeria attached to intown Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern. Co-owner Sam Short said Zoobie’s, the 2-year-old craft beer,...
New Thai Kitchen
Jan. 14 2015
Two years ago, when Ying Xiong sold his East Lansing restaurant, Thai Kitchen, 2843 E. Grand River Ave., he thought he was done with the food business. “The (restaurant’s) new owner came...
Jan. 7 2015
Lansing’s east side gained a new restaurant last week when China Flavor opened at 2033 E. Michigan Ave. It joins Asian Gourmet on that busy block, giving diners yet another cause for pause for Asian...
Dec. 31 2014
Coffee grounded It was a good year for local java junkies. Strange Matter Coffee Co., 2001 E. Michigan Ave., opened in Lansing’s newly (re)named East Town neighborhood. And two new “micro-roasters”...
Dec. 10 2014
While yoga, spinning and boot camp classes will soon be filled to capacity by New Year’s resolution makers, local women have a new option that is bound to be a conversation starter: Pole dancing....
Dec. 3 2014
On Oct. 20, Uli´s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Lansing’s south side, announced on its Facebook page that it would be temporarily closed as the venue´s management...
Nov. 26 2014
The shuffle between Kris Elliot’s downtown Lansing Urban Feast restaurants seems to have settled down … for now, at least. The Black Rose, formerly connected to the defunct Edmund’s...
Restaurant Mediteran
Nov. 19 2014
After 10 years of business, downtown Lansing’s Restaurant Mediteran will close in February. Owner Igor Jurkovic said that his parents, who both operate the restaurant, wanted to retire and it would...
P-SQUARED/RED'S SMOKEHOUSE/L AND J BELLA SOAP
Nov. 14 2014
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary...
Nov. 5 2014
It was good news/bad news this week for two former food trucks. Good Truckin’ Food, a food truck formerly situated at Capital City Food Court, spun off into the brickand-mortar breakfast/ lunch spot...
Vintage Junkies
Oct. 29 2014
Last week, REO Town gained a new business that will anchor its southern edge: Vintage Junkies, a vintage clothing, furniture, home décor and jewelry store, moved into the former Kwast American Bakeries...
Oct. 22 2014
It’s a baby for Old Town! Earlier this month, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, moved into 1212 Turner St., former home of Gallery 1212. The baby supply store carries cloth diapers, specialty baby clothing,...
Oct. 15 2014
Lansing’s specialty coffee scene continues to grow with the addition of another business. Paul and Emily Nicholls are the owners of the new Rust Belt Roastery in Old Town. They roast small batches...
Oct. 8 2014
The City of East Lansing held a ribbon cutting for Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n´ Cheez on Tuesday. It’s the third restaurant for the Detroitarea franchise, which also has locations...

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