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Wednesday, September 25,2013

New in town

Aldacao´s Taco Bar/Leopold Bloom & Co.

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Earlier this month, south Lansing’s Aldaco’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant made the move about a quarter mile down Cedar Street intown to its new location in the shadow of the I-96 overpass. The switch-up also involved a name change: The restaurant’s new moniker is Aldaco’s Taco Bar, a nod to its upcoming liquor license, but it could work just as well for its most famous feature: a lunch and dinner buffet featuring a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including, yep, tacos.

(Fun fact: In 2009, the tacos at Aldaco’s earned an impressive 7.2 rating out of 10 in a city-wide taco taste test conducted by a crack team of City Pulse experts, good enough for third place.)

The building is the former location for The Family Restaurant, which lasted about a year after opening in summer 2012. Owner/ operator Ruben Aldaco has a rich legacy of Mexican cuisine in the area: His uncle owned Famous Taco, where Aldaco got his start in the biz at 14. Last fall, Aldaco opened Aldaco’s Taco 911 in the bustling bar district on the 400 block of Michigan Avenue.

Something old, something new Last week, Leopold Bloom & Co., a new home décor, housewares and antique store in Old Town, offered a sneak peek to curiosity seekers. (It officially opens next week.) On the store’s Facebook page, owner/operator Tony Sump, also a prominent member of the Lansing community theater scene, wrote Leopold “brings the refined elegance of old and mixes it artfully with carefully selected new home decor. Sort of a ‘renewed vintage’ approach to home interiors.”

The store is, of course, named after the hero of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” widely considered one of Western culture’s greatest pieces of literature. Wonder if they give you a discount if you’ve actually made it all the way through the book.

Aldaco’s Taco Bar 6724 S. Cedar St., Lansing 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday- Wednesday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (517) 272-4600

Leopold Bloom & Co. 523 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing Hours coming soon. (517) 410-5670 facebook.com/ leopoldbloomco

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