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.

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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.

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