O'REILLY AUTO PARTS/STOCKYARD COMEDY ZONE/JOKERS ARE WILD
Oct. 1 2014
Speculation and rumors have abounded about what would happen to the former Paul Revere’s building since it closed last summer, but this week I confirmed with Missouri-based O’Reily Auto Enterprises...
The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Town
Sept. 24 2014
It looks like downtown Lansing’s longest-running restaurant will be changing ownership soon. Owner/ operator Charlie Sinadinos confirmed this week that her restaurant, The Knight Cap, has been for...
RENO´S NORTH
Sept. 17 2014
East Lansing has Reno’s East. Lansing has Reno’s West. Is it really any surprise that the sports bar and grill micro-chain would start spreading in other directions? “People loved to...
KNAPP´S CENTRE GRAND OPENING/THE BEER GROTTO
Sept. 10 2014
The date for the grand opening of the newly renovated Knapp’s Center has been set for Nov. 13. The itinerary for the invitation-only affair hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a spokesperson for...
LOU & HARRY'S/JERSEY GIANT/CHANDLER TAP HOUSE
Sept. 3 2014
This year, downtown Lansing’s Washington Square lost two businesses with small but dedicated fan bases: Decker’s Coffee (aka Cup of Dessert) and Ted-Dee’s Sandwich Shop closed within...
OLD TOWN CHANGES
Aug. 27 2014
Last month, Old Town Commercial Association executive director Louise Gradwhol announced she would resign to pursue a medical degree. This week her replacement was named: Old Town resident Megan Barrett...
Tabooli
Aug. 20 2014
When the Avengers sat down to a post-movie credits meal of chicken shawarma, some folks thought the mainstreaming of Mediterranean cuisine couldn´t go any farther. They were wrong. The “make...
RED FOX COMICS
Aug. 13 2014
When the company that Daniel Rust worked for relocated his insurance claims position to Wisconsin, he opted not to make the move. Instead, he followed a lifelong dream — heck, the lifelong dream...
THE BARREL NEIGHBORHOOD PUB/HEAT BLOW DRY BAR
Aug. 6 2014
Lansing’s getting a new gastropub next week: On Monday, the Barrel Neighborhood Pub opens in the strip mall across from Frandor. Although the name may sound familiar, it has no connection to either...
PAUL REVERE´S/EDMUND´S PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR
July 30 2014
After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare
FOR CREPE SAKE/HORROCKS FARM MARKET TAVERN
July 23 2014
With the grand opening this week of the new Lansing City Market lunch spot For Crêpe Sake, downtown diners can now get a fast, light lunch with upscale European sensibilities. Leave it to an American...
DEFYE/SMITH FLORAL & GREENHOUSES
July 16 2014
Last month, Lansing-based fashion line DEFYE moved its headquarters from inside the Meridian Mall into the John Bean building, south of downtown Lansing. Owner/ designer Michael Doherty, 35, said he made...
Grace Boutique/Curvaceous Lingerie/Good Truckin' Food
July 9 2014
After five months of work, Summer Schriner’s renovation of Young’s Landing, the building across the street to the north from the neighborhood’s landmark Temple Club building, is finally...
Don Poncho Market/River Town Adventures
July 2 2014
When Don Pancho Market opened south of downtown Lansing in April, it created a whole new set of possibilities for downtown denizens looking for a local food mart. Downtown isn’t exactly known for...
Strange Matter Coffee Co.
June 25 2014
Craft beer is so last week. Entrepreneur Cara Nader is riding the next wave of specialty beverage production: Craft coffee. Nader is the owner/operator and “chief coffee engineer” for Strange...
MEAT SOUTHERN B.B.Q./BLACK CAT BISTRO
June 18 2014
I recently reported that Tallulah’s Folly in Old Town would be closing early next month. At the time, the building’s owner was mum on what lay in store for the building, but I learned this...
CRAVING´S GOURMET POPCORN - OKEMOS/MICHAEL O´S FOOD TRUCK
June 11 2014
Food specialists in Lansing range from cupcake engineers to loaded hot dog vendors to wood-fired pizza chefs, but Chad Jordan lays claim to the city’s most lighthearted food title: He’s the...
TALLULAH´S FOLLY/MIDTOWN BREWING CO./THE STATE ROOM
June 4 2014
A little less than four years after opening, eclectic Old Town flower and vintage shop Tallulah’s Folly will close for good in early July. Owner David Gregware made the decision last week, but didn’t...
MERTS MEATS ON THE AVENUE
May 21 2014
Earlier this year, the Michigan Market became the east side’s dominant convenience store. It featured a wide selection of beer, wine, liquor and cooler items — as well as a small supply of...
MICHAEL O'S FOOD TRUCK
May 14 2014
I recently told you about the north Lansing food court proposed by entrepreneur Frank Tignanelli, who opened his pizza cart Detroit Frankie’s Wood Fired Brick Oven on the corner of Oakland Avenue...

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