Tannin open on Michigan Avenue


WEDNESDAY, June 19 — Traditional freshly made pasta meets modern American tastes at Tannin. After an eight-month hiatus, the former Okemos restaurant brings its upcycled tables and signature deep orange look to the new place as well as an updated menu with more diverse price points and food options.

Philadelphia native and owner Chris Roelofs wanted to model Tannin after the hole in the wall Italian restaurants from his hometown.

“For me, it is exciting to have a kitchen up and running again,” Roelofs said. “I am a people person, and a restaurant is a very friendly and almost familial environment when it is running well.”

The restaurant features a new brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menu from its former Okemos location.

For brunch, patrons can expect anything from biscuits and gravy to a smoked salmon frittata. This diversity is reflected in the dinner menu as well with options from a straightforward burger to handmade ricotta carbonara.

A detailed wine list and cocktail menu will be featured also.

“Drinking the right glass of wine with your meal will, in fact, make your food taste even better,” Roelofs added.

“There is an awesome community of chefs that will be working here and we can’t wait to join it. It drives people down here. As long as people are coming to one, it is good for everybody because they will try us at some point too,” executive chef Nick Fila said.


11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily

1620 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing



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