Restaurants plead patience as they struggle to reopen, recover from COVID-19

For restaurant owners in East Lansing, the Feb. 4 epidemic order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer poses a new challenge in recovering profits lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new gathering orders that went into effect Feb. 8, restaurants were able to open for in-person dining along with continuing services such as takeout and delivery. However, the order limits restaurants to 25% of their normal seating capacity, causing them to find ways to increase profits while dealing with fewer customers.

Food hubs, food systems get grant opportunity

AGRICULTURE GRANTS: A grant competition from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for value-added and regional food systems runs until March 18. The goal is to develop and expand food processing in the state. We talk to to the agency and to a past awardee from Lansing. Story mentions several other past grantees from Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Caledonia, and Shelby. By Sophia Lada. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, TRAVERSE CITY, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, LANSING CITY PULSE XXX AND ALL POINTS.

Owners of a new hot dog stand rise​ up after a robbery

The entrance of Cheezy D’s Deli and Dogs located on the corner of Marsh and Lake Lansing.  Credit: Brea Crawford

Cheezy D’s Deli and Dogs in Haslett, Michigan was robbed just months after their grand opening on June 15, a few months later than originally planned. Owners Denny and Michelle Emmer tried to make the best out of the situation. 

“I knew who did it, that’s why I didn’t press charges,” said Denny. “No matter what their issue was, they needed help. We tried to make a positive out of it. The window can be replaced, and no one was hurt.” 

The robbery influenced Denny to take his business to the next level and help the community.

Watch Focal Point: President Trump rallies in Lansing, enrollment down at MSU, and Spartan football prepares for game against U-M

On this edition of Focal Point, President Donald Trump visits Lansing for the first time ever. Our team meets supporters and protestors at the rally. With admissions down at MSU, Jacob Lothamer investigates how the school is handling a $54 million loss in revenue. We preview MSU football’s massive matchup with Michigan and catch up with Jalen Watts-Jackson. Those stories and more on Focal Point.

Rick’s, Riv to reopen after court ruling

(via Rick’s American Cafe)

Rick’s American Café is the latest bar in East Lansing to reopen its doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rick’s will open on Wednesday night with a limited capacity for the first time since closing in March. The dance floor will be covered with tables and chairs. Lines will be prohibited and customers will have to reserve their spots using the LineLeap app. The Riv will reopen Thursday at 4 p.m. using the same app. 

“I woke up at 9 a.m. just to be prepared to reserve my spot.