The downward dog days of summer are upon us. Last month, yoga instructor Ann Chrapkiewicz opened the Bikram Yoga Capital Area studio in East Lansing's Brookfield Plaza. This is the first business for Chrapkiewicz.
he scratch Italian restaurant Tannin is scheduled to open this month in Okemos. Partners Chris Roelofs (general manager) and James Sumpter (executive chef) have honed their chops at several restaurants around town, but this will be the first time either has taken a crack at ownership.
After a series of construction delays, Famous Dave's became the south side's newest restaurant on Monday morning. There were people in pig costumes, a fire truck and about 30 grown-ups doing the hokey-pokey on the sidewalk, as Delhi Township Supervisor C.J. Davis performed a ceremonial rib (no, not ribbon) cutting.
Last month, Slate.com reported that the NSA surveillance scandal inspired a 5,000 percent jump in online sales of the George Orwell novel “1984,” which depicts a ubiquitously monitoring dystopian state.
Thursday, June 20 — Despite a new batch of rumors that Emil’s Italian Restaurant on Lansing’s Eastside is closing, owner Paul Grescowle firmly denies them all. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said, chuckling. “I have no idea where these rumors are coming from, but that couldn’t be further from the truth."
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Car dealerships, like gas stations, arrived on the architecture scene for the first time in the last century. Dealerships like this one with flat roofs and extensive parking are hard to re-imagine as anything but.
Friday, June 14 — The owners of the English Inn broke ground on four cottages Thursday that will nearly double the Eaton Rapids establishment's capacity. The four Croquet Cottages, as they’ll be called (they overlook the estate’s tournament-sized croquet court) are expected to be complete by October.
Thursday, June 6 — The Lansing-based band Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle began its weeklong tour of West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula this morning with an impromptu, three-song set in front of Old Town’s Golden Harvest restaurant.
Thursday, June 6 — After closing in 2009, Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern in Lansing is set to re-open with new owners — and a new look — on June 17. The owners announced the grand re-opening date on the bar’s Facebook wall earlier today.