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Wednesday, September 1,2010

What's New in Lansing

A lot has been happening in mid- Michigan since the last Back-to-School Issue dropped. Here are some highlights of new businesses, events, festivals and more that have popped up in the last 12 months.

by ALLAN I. ROSS

AnQi Sushi Express


No more ordering carry-out from East Lansing or the west side — the tiny shop on Allegan Street has brought downtown diners what they’ve been craving: sushi. AnQi, Japanese for vigor and health, offers both fish and vegetarian rolls. 111 E Allegan St. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (517) 485-9688 www.anqisushi.com


Eden’s Juice


Fast food that’s not fast food. All drinks are naturally low in calories, and are friendly to vegans and the lactose- and gluten-intolerant. It’s just fruit, ice and vitamins and minerals. Doesn’t get any simpler than that. 111 S. Washington Sq. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (517) 372.7700 www.edensjuice.com


Ernesto’s Hideaway


Ernesto’s Hideaway opened last February, filling the niche for a downtown convenience store. Manager Richard Pesino provides everything from potato chips to cigarettes, and is currently overseeing the construction of a small kitchen in the back. Soon Ernesto’s will be able to offer fresh sandwiches and salads in addition to common impulse items. 109 S. Washington Square 8 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. (517) 367-0722


Geno’s Pizzeria


Owner Geno Abbey has captured the essence of East Coast-style pie. The dough is made fresh from scratch several times a day, the sauce is composed of hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes (considered the world’s best for making sauces) flown in from Italy, and all vegetable toppings are garden-fresh. 208 S. Washington Square 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday Noon-7:30 p.m. Saturday (517) 580-7124 www.genospizzeria.com


The Grand Fish and Lansing Metro Marinas


For years, the Grand River has been criminally underused and unexplored by those living and
working downtown. Owner/operators Ken and Giselle Settimo are righting
that wrong by providing pontoon tours from Old Town to Potter Park, and
renting canoes and kayaks to more adventurous folks. The Grand Fish
also features an outdoor kitchen area for rent, in which you can either
purchase light lunch fare or bring your own food for grilling. You
cook, they clean. 530 River St. 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday 3:30
p.m.-9 p.m. Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (517)
410-0801 www.thegrandfish.com


Jude’s Barbershop


It’s
like a combination between an Old West barbershop and a Maxim magazine:
This tongue-in-cheek establishment is the man’s man’s barber. In their
own words, it’s “where guys get their hair cut.” You can get a Damn
Good Haircut ($15), a Mustache Trim ($5), or simply a Massage Shampoo
($5). 120 S. Washington Square 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (517) 708-8300 www.judesbarbershop.com


New Lansing City Market


New
stores include Iorio’s Italian Ice and Gelato, Caruso’s Candy Kitchen,
City Fish, Sarge’s Soups and Sandwiches, an Uncle John’s Fruit House
Winery tasting station, Sweetie-licious, and the Waterfront Bar and
Grill. The market sells fresh fruits, vegetables
and handmade items from around mid-Michigan, now with more
accommodating extended hours. It’s one of the best things to happen to
Lansing since they built the Capitol. 325 City Market Drive 11 a.m.-7
p.m. Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (517) 483-7460 www.lansingicitymarket.com


Restaurant Mediteran Deli


The
bright, casual deli is set up as a New York-style take-out, but there
are about 10 seats, if you want to sit by the window and watch the
world go by. It offers fresh rotisserie chicken, pork and lamb, as well
as fresh salads and wraps. 333 S. Washington Square 11:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m. (lunch); 4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (dinner) Monday-Friday 4
p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (dinner only) Deli side is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday- Friday (517) 372.1072 www.restaurantmediteran.com


Tin Can, The Big Deck and The Loft


The
Tin Can’s beverage list is split into Cheap Beer, Pretty Cheap Beer and
Really Cheap Beer, or you can splurge on the $6 Tin Can Happy Meal (a
chili dog, shot of Jack and can of PBR). It’s massive new wooden deck
hosts DJs who pound music off the downtown buildings. And filling the
void for a premier mid-Michigan concert venue, The Loft (open by
special arrangement only) can accommodate bigger crowds for
high-profile acts that come through town. 414 E. Michigan Ave. 3 p.m.-2
a.m. Monday-Friday 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday www.tincanbar.com


Wild Beaver Saloon


Women
dancing on a bar in a rustic Swiss chalet atmosphere — and now they’re
serving lunch. A new menu features salads, sandwiches and traditional
bar food, all for under $10. Come back after work for drink specials
and, uh, dancing on the bar. 205 S. Washington Square (517) 708-7489 4
p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday www.wildbeaversaloon.com/lansing


Other newcomers:


*Tops
Bail Bonds *Johnny D’s News & More * The new Visitors Center for
the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau *Michigan State
Police Headquarters *Arialink *Michigan Pharmaceutical Association
*Michigan Federal Credit Union League *Law Offices of Catherine Groll
*Baird (public finance)


Opening soon:


* Zoup! * Lenny’s Sub Shop * The Brown Bag * A new downtown branch for the MSU Federal Credit Union.


New Events:


*
Downtown Business Huddle * Frost Fest * Taste of Downtown * Lansing
Mosaic Festival * Blues on the Grand * Lansing Live! * Downtown Food
Fight * Car Capital Celebration


Other changes:


*
NuUnion became Lake Trust Credit Union. * National City became PNC
Bank. * Troppo moved across the street and expanded, more than doubling
its capacity.




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