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Amer1can Bistro remixes comfort food classics


Amer1can Bistro, which holds its grand opening Monday (July 13), is a new take on classic comfort food, from your favorite breakfast dishes — omelets, pancakes and waffles — to time-tested diner staples such as Reuben sandwiches and burgers.

“A group of us sat down and discussed what we felt was missing from Lansing’s restaurant scene. We came up with Amer1can Bistro to be a modern take on a classic diner,” owner and operator Scott Berman said. “We see those values as being welcoming to a diverse audience and serving what we call real food.”

Amer1can Bistro’s menu runs the gamut of comfort food classics. It offers a wide range of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers can get custom omelets, skillet entrees, pancakes and waffles. For lunch and dinner, gourmet salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches are offered. Special entrees include char-grilled salmon, New York strip steak and turkey pot pie pasta. 

Berman, a Lansing resident, has been involved in the food industry for much of his life. He’s owned McDonald’s and Culver’s locations across Greater Lansing and Michigan as a whole. “I’ve done everything from operating multiple McDonald’s restaurants to owning other family-style restaurants,” Berman said. Berman was also president of U.S. Foods in Cleveland, Ohio. Amer1can Bistro will bring approximately 40 to 50 part- and full-time jobs to Lansing. 

Berman plans to open a second Amer1can Bistro location, on the west side of Lansing, later this year. Amer1Can Bistro will employ the services of corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski, recipient of the Chef of the Year Award from the Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association in 2018. 

The grand opening will have the same limitations that other restaurants must comply with thanks to Michigan’s coronavirus mandates, but Berman still has special activities prepared, such as live music on the patio and social media giveaways that customers can participate in. If you take a photograph of a dish from Amer1can Bistro and share it on social media with the restaurant tagged in the post, you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate. The grand opening will also feature $5 shareables, all-day happy hour drink specials and a free breakfast pastry with the purchase of any dessert entree.

Amer1can Bistro Grand Opening

July 13, Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m

Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2328 Showtime Dr., Lansing, (517) 708-8803


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