Nov. 6 2013 12:00 AM

Legendary Style/Saffron Grill/Zaytoon Mediterranean


Lansing’s East Side neighborhood continues to shape up with the addition of another new business this week to the Michigan Avenue corridor. Legendary Style hair salon has technically been open since August, but it didn’t have regular hours until this week.

intown Jessie Wallace and Lamar Thurmond, both 23, co-own the salon. The space was previously used by Capital City Creative Productions, a collaboration of marketing businesses, as well as being the former home to City Pulse.

“Some people think (hair styling) is an art, but I think it’s a gift,” Wallace said. “But you have to develop it. Opening my own place will allow me to focus on that.”

Legendary Style’s services include haircuts, extensions, braiding, coloring and nails. Wallace said he’s hiring and hopes that soon all six of the salon’s chairs will be filled.

Name change
Downtown East Lansing’s Sultan’s Delight underwent a name change three weeks ago to become Saffron Grill. Owner Fareed Nessari said he made the change after a friendly split with the Sultan’s mini-chain, of which there are two other locations in town: The main location, Sultan’s Place, in East Lansing’s Hannah Plaza and Sultan’s Express in downtown Lansing. Saffron will still offer Middle Eastern cuisine, including its rotisserie-cooked shawarma.

All in the family
In other Sultan’s spin-off news, Zaytoon Mediterranean, a fast casual Middle Eastern restaurant founded by Sam Aburashad (the nephew of Sultan’s founder Bassam Mahmoud), is set to open on Nov. 18. The 2,600-square-foot location was previously Benson’s Vinaigrettes, which closed in July. Zaytoon is the Urdu word for “olive,” which is the symbol for the restaurant

featured prominently on the menu and the sign. Aburashad was the kitchen manager and head chef at Sultan’s Place for seven years. An official grand opening event is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Legendary Style 2001 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday (517) 203-5704 legendarystylesusa

Saffron Grill 235 Albert Ave., East Lansing 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday (517) 333-8444

Zaytoon Mediterranean Cuisine (opens Nov. 18) 940 Elmwood, Lansing 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday (517) 203-5728 zaytoonlansing