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Wednesday, October 23,2013

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Bordeaux-Wine Food Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS

This story was updated Oct. 24 with corrections for the spelling of Christie’s Bistro, how long it had been part of the hotel, the size of the Crowne Plaza and clarifications about the Cork Room and the menu.  

Earlier this month, Bordeaux - WineFood. Spirits opened inside the recently renamed Crowne Plaza Lansing West. The eatery was built this summer at the spot previously occupied by Christie’s Bistro, which served as the hotel’s restaurant for the last 31 years. The 172,000-square-foot hotel, which opened as a Sheraton in 1982, was rebranded in 2009 as the Lexington Lansing.

Bordeaux has three private dining rooms as well as a private wine room, called the Cork Room. The bar features LED lighting that smoothly transitions through a selection of warm colors, giving the room a futuristic vibe. The space-age customized bar stools and swirly glass art behind the bar complete the feel. The wood used in the construction of the bar comes from a company called Timeless Timber, which recovers wood that sank during transport across the Great Lakes a century ago.

The menu features made-from-scratch dishes influenced by both American and French cuisine, including Coq au Vin and Walleye en Papillote and Steak Frites.

“The more we talked with our guests, the more we heard they were interested in locally produced menu items,” said Crowne Plaza spokeswoman April Fitzsimmons. “And Chef Bradley Lineweaver added many braised selections. The braised lamb and veal are unlike anything else in town.”

Bordeuax boasts over 70 wines by the bottle and 22 by the glass, including Michigan-made selections from Black Star Farms and Fenn Valley Winery. Michigan craft beers are also available.

Bordeaux will follow in the tradition of Mother’s Day and Easter brunches, but weekly Sunday brunches are not part of the agenda. Fitzsimmons said that since the grand opening on Oct. 8, the response has been huge and business has been steady.

“There was a lot of built-in anticipation,” she said. “And I think it truly elevates the dining experience available on the west side of Lansing. Now people can have a great glass of wine and an amazing meal without always venturing east.” 

Bordeaux — Wine Food Spirits 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. Breakfast: 6:30-10 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: 5-10 p.m.; Bar menu: 11 a.m.- midnight daily (517) 323-4190

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