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This week's stories

Resolutions and rosé for 2020

This year was kind of a stressful one, yes? Maybe not for everyone. But it felt intense. The beauty of Jan. 1 is that it’s our chance to reflect on our choices from the last year, reset, and forge a new path for ourselves.
Midtown Brewing Co.'s Midtown Monster.
If you are a person with a will easily compromised by juicy patties decked in jalapenos, fresh greens and onions inside a ciabatta bun, I suggest you stop reading.
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Rare is the restaurant where you walk in and almost immediately feel you’ve stepped inside the home of a family member.
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Michael Luther owned Red Cedar Grill for seven years.
Owner Michael Luther announced last week on Facebook he sold Red Cedar Grill, a fixture in Williamston’s dining scene for 25 years. While longtime customers mourn the loss of their favorite gathering spot, Luther said the change in ownership is “all-around positive.”
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Original Biggby hosts grand reopening

The original Biggby, located at 270 W. Grand River Ave., is holding its official grand reopening tomorrow at its new home across the street at 330 W. Grand River Ave.

Seasonal cocktails to keep you warm and fuzzy

Before you curse the falling ice from the sky turning into gray sludge on the streets of a post-industrial city, sample some of the following cheery concoctions

The bold and the beautiful: A sommelier’s favorite wines of 2019

Every year, I’m likely to taste a few mind-blowing wines that make me contemplate my existence. Most are wines I can rarely afford.

The Drink: 'Mix Three Fresh Juices' better than Faygo

I like a good head on top of my tall glass drinks — especially when the foam is a pink color. Luckily, Aladdin’s’ juices have both. 

The Dish: Sindhu's ethereal Chana saag

I’ve eaten myself into oblivion many a time at Sindhu, but have had to limit myself to the FDA-approved entrée portions. Until one foggy Monday afternoon, I transcended my stale consciousness of lunchtime fast-food after landing on Sindhu Indian Cuisine in the Hannah Plaza off Hagadorn Road.

Queers Who Brunch puts LGBTQ+ discourse into a full meal

The holidays come with precious family time. The question for many LGBTQ people is, what makes a family — the genetic hand you’re dealt or the group where you feel you belong?

New in Town: Veg-N Food Truck broadens vegan cuisine in Lansing

Amid seeing only a few convenient options for vegan cuisine in Lansing, Christabelle Dozeman, co-founder of the Veg-N food truck, decided she would undertake the challenge of bringing vegan food to the masses herself.

Ask a bartender: From best drinks to bar fights

Gray formerly worked at Bridge Street Social in Dewitt where we served as a bar manager for almost four years. He described his new place of work as a “beast of a restaurant.”

Jersey Giant sets up shop on Lansing’s east side 

 Jersey Giant has new digs: Lansing’s eastside.

Bar prep with a purpose

Lansing bars will welcome new faces to the frontlines thanks to a zero-barrier, eight-week training program designed to equip industry workers with the skills and tools needed to be self-sufficient.

A designer walks into a bar

It’s a good chance any bar-goer in Lansing walked into bar developer Clair Lindemann’s work over the years. The owner of Lansing’s Restaurant and Bar Development has had his hands on the pulse of Lansing’s bar business since 1959 as his first job out of high school.

The best wine for Thanksgiving? Just drink what you like

Searching for the proper Thanksgiving wine seems pointless. We all know you’ll be forcing 3-4 pounds of food into your body, rendering your motor skills minimal and sense of alertness completely ineffective. Embrace the mess.

Pho-midable mystery of the missing meat

I prefer my pho spicy and dicey (the smaller the kitchen the better) but with my friend making less frequent visits home, I must venture to the streets for top-tier pho.

Okemos bar stops selling Founders amid racial discrimination lawsuit 

What does a sports bar with a diverse set of employees do when a supplier is tied up in a racial discrimination lawsuit? It’s simple, said Henry Kwok, general manager of Henry’s Place in Okemos. Act swiftly.

New in Town: Hannah Plaza gains new ramen hang

Oodles of noodles are flowing out of Zhen Ramen and Grill’s kitchen as hungry students and East Lansing residents sample their newest Asian fusion restaurant
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He Ate/She Ate: Klavon's in Mason

Our country’s love affair with pizza knows no bounds. Pizzas are everywhere, and for the most part they are — how do I put this delicately? Crap.

New in Town: New brewery in REO Town will soothe your psyche

Modeled after psychologist Sigmund Freud’s office, Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale is adorned with vintage woodwork, chandeliers, books and rorschach tests. According to owner Jeremy Sprague, the motto of the place is “Soothe your psyche.”

Herbaceous, juicy wines for the autumn transition

October is a month of transition. Sure, there might still be some precious sunlight many days a week, but the pitfalls of cold and dreary weather start to increase the closer we get to Halloween.

New in Town: Coffee roasters set up shop in East Lansing

As one of the first tenants to open in a $125 million mixed-use redevelopment on Albert Street, Foster Coffee Co. sports a 2,000-square-foot interior with two levels of chairs, tables and benches dedicated to coffee.

Customers pack Roma Bakery for its final day in business

Roma Bakery and Deli is jammed with customers today as the longtime Lansing institution closes its doors after 50 years in business.

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