Sept. 24 2014 12:00 AM

The Knight Cap/Scoops in Old Town

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 sale “for a short while,” and an interested party has started the process of taking over.

“A purchase agreement has been signed, but these things take a while and anything can happen,” Sinadinos. “It could take up to six months. There are a lot of hoops to jump through.”

The Knight Cap was opened in 1969 by Sinadinos’ husband, George Sinadinos; she took over the restaurant after he died in 1988.

Sinadinos said her three children had worked there over the years, but none wanted to run it after she was done.

“And I’m just at the point in my life where I’m ready to move on,” she said. “We just celebrated our 45th anniversary. This was George’s baby, and he put everything he had into it. I did my best to keep his dream alive. I have high hopes it will continue as the Knight Cap.”

I was able to track down the signer of the purchase agreement, but that person wasn’t ready to make any formal announcements and asked that names be left out. This potential Knight Cap buyer is no stranger to upscale cuisine, having owned at least one historic fine dining restaurant in downtown Lansing.

“I’m very excited about the possibility (of ownership),” this person said. “I have admired the Knight Cap for many years. It has a great tradition as one of the area’s best restaurants, and if everything works out, I plan to uphold that tradition.”

The scoop

Dale Schrader’s historic Old Town renovation project, previously home to Artie’s Filling Station, 127 W. Grand River Ave., will get a new tenant next spring. Rico Lewis, a local building maintenance manager, plans to turn the building into Scoops in Old Town, a handpacked ice cream parlor.

“I was born to be a server,” Lewis said. “I’m going to make this a very fun place.” He plans to open by April.