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Wednesday, July 30,2014

New in town

PAUL REVEREīS/EDMUNDīS PASTIME/FLAT, BLACK AND CIRCULAR

by Allan I. Ross
After weeks of denying widespread rumors that his bar, Paul Revere’s Tavern, was closing, owner/operator Jim Driscoll closed the 66-year-old watering hole last Saturday with no fanfare.

“Obviously, this is an emotional time for everyone,” read a statement on the bar’s website. “While we will always treasure our memories of the good times we’ve had over the years, we are focused on the future. For that reason we have elected to close effective today without any fanfare or going away parties. We hope everyone understands.”

Paul Revere’s opened in 1948 in Meridian Township on the eastern verge of East Lansing. Driscoll owned it for the last 33 years, but the announcement didn’t reveal who’d be taking over, only that the “property is being sold to new owners who will take it in a different direction.”

One thing we do know is where you’ll be able to continue to get Paul Revere’s pizza. The ovens and equipment were sold to Dave Borgman, one of the new owners of the former J’s Party Store on Lansing’s west side. This fall, he and his partner, Tony Conaty, will open the store under a new name: Borgie’s. The 4,800-squarefoot building had been closed for about five years.

“Right now we’re getting things fixed up inside and clearing things with liquor control, but we should be up sometime in November,” Borgman said. “Our goal is to focus a lot on craft beers and wines. We’re going in a whole new direction.”

Edmund’s gone?

In other bar news, Edmund’s Pastime in downtown Lansing is closed, at least temporarily. Owner/ operator Kris Elliot said by email there’s “nothing to report yet,” and that the work is “just a remodel of Edmund’s at this point.” Elliot renovated the space in 2004 into Troppo, before Edmund’s took over and Troppo moved across the street in 2010. Elliot also owns The Black Rose and Tavern on the Square downtown, and Peppino’s Sports Grille in downtown East Lansing.

Flat, black, and expanding

Dave Bernath and John Howard, owners of the East Lansing record store Flat, Black and Circular, are expanding their 37-year-old business.

“We’re bursting at seams with records,” Bernath said. “We have so much stuff we can’t display it all.”

They’ve removed a partition that separated their business from the empty space next door, adding about 300 square feet to their 1,300-square-foot space.

“There’s been a huge resurgence in vinyl,” Bernath said. “CDs came and went. DVDs came and are going. Albums are going the other way. Go figure.”

Flat, Black and Circular 541 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday- Thursday & Saturday; 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday; closed Sunday (517) 351-0838, flatblackandcircular.com

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