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Wednesday, July 8,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the 1970s, Remington president Victor Kiam waved his company’s signature electric razor around in a series of ridiculous TV commercials, proudly declaring, “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company.” That entrepreneurial spirit runs strong in Metro Lansing as two businesses recently fell under new ownership of former employees — they believed in the business so much, they decided to make a go of it themselves.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

New in town

The Knight Cap

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In the early ‘70s, a teenaged Leo Farhat was sitting in the dining room of the stillrelatively new Knight Cap in downtown Lansing when he looked around and told his date that he’d like to own the place someday. If a neighboring table of diners happened to overhear the conversation, they probably would have chalked it up to adolescent bravado, a boy just trying to impress a girl. More than 40 years later, that girl is a distant memory, but the restaurant is Farhat’s — lock, stock and sword-hilt door handle. Farhat reopened Knight Cap on Monday, effectively marking the fine dining staple’s second act.
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Historians may look back on Metro Lansing’s teen years as its Craft Beer Era. Since 2012, no fewer than four craft beer manufacturing facilities — microbreweries, brewpubs and tasting rooms — have opened, with at least three more on the horizon. It’s a rare exception when teens and alcohol are positively associated.
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East side upswing

Two developers building on momentum of Michigan Avenue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story omitted Capital City Homebrewing Supply, which is also located on the south side of Michigan Avenue´s 2000 block. One of Lansing’s prime commercial blocks outside of downtown and the home of Emil’s, t...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Duke springs eternal

New downtown country bar part of national trend

by ALLAN I. ROSS
So far, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the Duke in Metro Lansing. In April, 94.1 FM became Duke FM, swapping its alt rock playlist for old school country. And last week, downtown Lansing’s former Harem Urban Lounge reopened as Duke’s Saloon, a countrythemed dance club that will also play top 40 music and serve Tex-Mex fare. Although the two Dukes are not affiliated, the saloon’s moniker isn’t entirely coincidental.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

New in town

Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys

by ALLAN I. ROSS
I can’t imagine there’s a huge crossover between New Orleans cooking and Asian cuisine. Sure, there are probably lots of folks out there who appreciate a nice bowl of gumbo and/or a bánh mě sandwich, but to have both on the same menu could be overwhelming. Well, as they say in N’awlins, “Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Nola Bistro Pho & Po-Boys, which opened earlier this month on Lansing’s west side, has a menu that flip-flops between Vietnamese and Creole dishes. The restaurant’s name says it all.
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

New in Top of the Town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Entrepreneurship is in full swing in the capital city. It seems like a new business opens somewhere in Greater Lansing every week lately. Restaurants. Comedy clubs. Electronics stores. Specialty clothes shops. And the newest breed of watering hole: distilleries — so popular that they got their own category this year.
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Wednesday, April 22,2015

New in town

Saddleback Barbecue

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Business partners Matt Gillett and Travis Stoliker plan to open Saddleback Barbecue, a Southern-style barbecue joint, next month in REO Town. It’s named for the British saddleback, a distinctive type of pig with black-and-white bands. Gillett settled on the name as a tribute to his r...
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Wednesday, April 15,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week, Whipped Bakery temporarily moved out of Old Town, setting up shop inside Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods. For the last year, Whipped, a specialty dessert shop, operated at 1216 Turner St., adjacent to the Creole Gallery. But with that space set to become the Creole, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant/bar/performance venue, Whipped owner/operator Randy Umfleet was asked to relocate so the Creole could take over his space.
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Wednesday, April 1,2015

New in town: Royal makeover

Downtown Lansing’s Knight Cap gets new owners, revamped interior

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last September, I broke the news that an interested party had signed a purchase agreement with Charlie Sinadinos to buy her fine dining establishment, the Knight Cap, downtown Lansing’s longest continuously operating restaurant. At the time, that party asked to not be named, but last week it became official: Leo A. Farhat Jr. and his son, Gregory Farhat, are the new owners of the Knight Cap.
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