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Wednesday, March 26,2014

New In Town

CURVACEOUS LINGERIE/AUGGIE'S PUB/GUS'S BAR

by ALLAN I. ROSS
After closing in 2012, Auggie’s Pub and Grill on Lansing’s south side reopened earlier this month under new management. Manjit Singh owns the strip mall that Auggie’s is in, which is also home to the Sav More II party store he operates next door. His brother, Karpal Singh, owns Auggie’s and holds the liquor license, but Singh runs the day-to-day operations.

The bar menu features burgers, ribs and fried food. Singh said he installed new carpeting, a new roof and four high-definition flat-screens. This spring he intends to open horseshoe pits and volleyball outside, but his entertainment schedule is already under way: DJs on Thursday nights, live bands on Friday nights and Saturday is karaoke night.

Also under new management is Gus’ Bar on Lansing’s west side, which unveiled its new menu this week under the guidance of owner Lindsay Ploch and her manager/partner, Eric Knapp. Ploch bought the bar from previous owner, Gus Caliacatsos, who opened the bar across from General Motors’ Fisher Body Plant in 1982.

Knapp said he hasn’t changed anything (“It’s like a time capsule to GM’s heyday”) but has spent the last two years cleaning. New menu items include handpressed burgers — including his specialty, the blue bacon burger — and fried wontons, stuffed with taco meat, beans, and cheese. Knapp also increased the bottle beer selection from 18 to 50, including several Michigan craft beers.

Old Town gets sexy
Last month ago I told you about Summer Schriner’s plans to renovate Young’s Landing to be the new home of expanded version of her store, Grace Boutique of Old Town, which would also accommodate another retailer. This week Lauren Long announced that she will move her business, Curvaceous Lingerie, into that space when the building opens later this spring.

In 2012, Long opened Curvaceous Lingerie in a 250-square-foot space inside The Wedding Bell in Okemos. The move will allow her to nearly quadruple in size and expand her lines of lingerie, swimwear, active wear and plus sizes. She said she will also be able to establish more consistent hours and give her distinctive stamp on the d'cor.

“(The new space) will have an edgier, more retro look to it,” she said. “Being in Old Town, I really want it to have a cooler vibe. I want to embrace a more artsy feel.”

Curvaceous Lingerie (inside The Wedding Bell) 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday & Thursday; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday & Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 881-8466, facebook.com/ curvaceousokemos

Auggie’s Pub and Grill 820 W. Miller Road, Lansing 11 a.m.-midnight Monday- Friday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday (517) 763-2275

Gus’s Bar 2321 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday- Saturday; closed Sunday (517) 484-4714, facebook. com/gusbuster11

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