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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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Wednesday, March 18,2015

Off the air, onto the web

Lansing DJ/community advocate to launch web-based, Michigan-centric talk show

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Radio DJs seldom know when it’s their last day behind the mic. Even the most popular personality in town could have the plug pulled at any time and for no reason. In the broadcasting industry, this guillotine method of firing staff is standard operating procedure. It sounds harsh, but it makes sense.
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
A new roller skating rink opened this week in South Lansing. Skate City Rink is built into a nearly 10,000-square-foot former office plaza near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Holmes Road. It’s set back a little way from the intersection, and there’s no way-finding sign in place yet (making it a little hard to find), but spokeswoman Trulane Pea said that will come in time.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

New in town

American Fifth Spirits

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Last week I promised you an update on American Fifth Spirits, the smallbatch liquor distillery across from the Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing. I mentioned that although it had started production and distribution, construction on the tasting room, which was supposed to open last summer, had stalled. And now we know why.
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Tuesday, December 23,2014

Awww inspiring

Local author’s formula: Patience plus determination minus digital manipulation

by ALLAN I. ROSS
In 1958, Alvin, Simon and Theodore harmonized on “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” the novelty holiday tune that introduced the immortal Christmas plea, “Me, I want a hoooola hooooooop.” (Sorry if that’s stuck in your head now.) Singer/songwriter Ross Bagdassarian employed simple audio trickery to create the helium-voiced trio that would go on to spawn albums, Saturday morning cartoons and a live action movies series.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

New in town

by ALLAN I. ROSS
The shuffle between Kris Elliot’s downtown Lansing Urban Feast restaurants seems to have settled down … for now, at least. The Black Rose, formerly connected to the defunct Edmund’s Pastime, opened last Friday, just in time for Silver Bells in the City traffic. The space, 206 S. Washington Ave., is the former location for Tavern on the Square, which became Tavern and Tap earlier this month when it moved up to the corner, 101 S. Washington Square, former home of Edmund’s. (Before that, the space belonged to the third downtown Urban Feast restaurant, Troppo, which opened there in 2004; in 2010, Elliot built a new building from the ground up for Troppo across the street.)
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Friday, November 14,2014

New in town

P-SQUARED/RED'S SMOKEHOUSE/L AND J BELLA SOAP

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

P’s out

P Squared Wine Bar owners leave town with nary a fare-thee-well

by ALLAN I. ROSS
TUESDAY, NOV. 11 — Butcher paper obscures the view into downtown Lansing’s P Squared Wine Bar, and a sheet of paper declares, “We are temporarily closed for renovations.” But there’s nothing temporary about it: The 2-year-old establishment won’t be reopening.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Pause and effect

A conversation with Julian Sands about his mentor, Harold Pinter

by ALLAN I. ROSS
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential modern British dramatists, but he is probably most famous for something he didn’t write. Or rather, a style he developed that forced his characters to communicate without words, a device that has become known as the Pinter Pause.
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