Pasta with pets? Senators propose letting dogs dine on restaurant patios

Capital News Service
LANSING — Canines may be allowed as dinner guests in outdoor restaurant dining areas if a new bill passes. Sens. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, say they are sponsoring the bill to help increase tourism. Current law allows service animals in food establishments but generally prohibits other animals. The new law would allow pet dogs in outdoor dining areas and give local governments the ability to adopt an ordinance that is more restrictive than the bill.

In the battle between chain restaurants versus mom-and-pops, who wins?

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

In Meridian Township, there are two types of restaurants—local and national chains. Both of these have different advantages and disadvantages, but the chain restaurants have the upper hand when it comes to funding and advertising. This is the ultimate reason why there are more of those in the area. Restaurant Report stated that according to an exerpt from Lebhar-Friedman Chain Store Guide, only 12 percent of restaurants are independent. The biggest advantages the chain restaurants have are their marketing ability and the funds to advertise and promote their business.

Nearing one year in town, restaurant is a family affair

By Shane Jones
The Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Family Tree Cafe is a restaurant located in the heart of DeWitt. The inside is set up like an old-fashioned restaurant from the fifties. Greeting and starting and a conversation is owner Tim Russell. Working his way around the room carrying out conversations and running the restaurant, he evens find time to play a game of peek-a-boo with a young infant child. “Well, I used to do automotive design work until I lost my job in 2008.

Lansing Center having a big impact on city, culture

By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

So often at the center of attention is the Lansing Convention Center. The Lansing Convention Center, also known as the Lansing Center, hosts many of the biggest events to come to Lansing and provides a constant source of entertainment to the residents, as well as a large tourism and economy boost. Opened in 1987, the Lansing Center occupies the final block of Michigan Avenue heading west before the Grand River. It is an ideal location for people to visit. “When I go to [Lansing Community College], I can just walk from there to here, so yeah it’s a good spot,” Maricella Bonilla, a staff employee of the Lansing Center for approximately 18 months, said about the Lansing Center.

Old Town adding some ethnic flavor

By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times staff reporter

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s are common restuarants that can be found in most cities across the country. If it is not a corporate restaurant, it’s usually an American mom-and-pop restaurant with the usual burgers, hot dogs, and fries in most areas in Lansing. Until now, with people like entrepreneur Sam Short adding a new flavor to the food scene in Old Town. Short is the owner of the new upscale restaurant and bar, The Creole at 1218 Turner St. in Old Town.

Too many places to eat may be just right for downtown Lansing

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Downtown Lansing restaurants are using limited hours of operation and stiff competition from one another to their advantage. If food is what you’re looking for, there is no shortage of options in the Capitol City’s downtown region. With over 50 restaurants cramped into a few blocks, one would assume it would be problematic for each one to stay afloat, especially when most of them are not the national brands people are accustomed to. But many, including Backyard BBQ, thrive in this environment. Sue Johnson, the owner, believes that it actually creates more business.

Sandwich and burger place is a downtown Lansing icon

By Meg Dedyne
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Tucked behind the main drag of downtown Lansing is Weston’s Kewpee Sandwich Shoppe, home of the Oliveburger. According to locals, it is the cozy restaurant around the

corner where people come to be greeted by the same faces everyday. And according to those from out of town, their food is a must-have. Resident of East Lansing Nicole Namy said that she used to be a page runner for the House of Representatives at the Michigan State Capitol. “Kewpees has the best french fries, sandwiches and burgers,” Namy said.

New Thai Kitchen enjoys business from customers both old, new

By Samantha VanHoef
The Meridian Times

After closing the doors of Thai Kitchen in August 2012, the Xiong family attempted to retire. However, once the owners of the authentic Thai restaurant on Grand River Avenue finally got to retirement, wife Chou Xiong was not ready to leave the business. “Once we sold the place I thought I was going to retire,” Xiong said. “But I haven’t reached the age to retire yet. I thought ‘I’m going to retire; my husband’s going to retire.’ But then I wanted my old place again.

Soup Spoon Café leads restaurant growth on Michigan Avenue

by Colleen Otte
Lansing Star Staff Writer

Nick Gavrilides, owner of The Soup Spoon Café, said he feels Michigan Avenue is at the forefront of Lansing’s local restaurant renaissance. The Soup Spoon, located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave., is a local, independently owned café that regularly serves folks from Michigan State and Sparrow Hospital, corporate groups, neighborhood citizens and international visitors.  Gavrilides said he feels such restaurants offer more to the community than large chains.

He said local restaurants are doing amazing things with food and service – despite not being presented in what he described as the “beautiful, brand new . . .

The Soup Spoon Café offers a spoonful of local taste

Fulfilling a need in the Michigan Avenue corridor

Nick Gavrilides chose Michigan Avenue as the location for The Soup Spoon Café to appeal to business people seeking a lunch option besides bar food. Many perceived the independent Lansing restaurant located at 1419 E. Michigan Ave. as a breath of fresh air when it arrived seven years ago. “It was filling a need that was necessary here on Michigan Avenue,” general manager Keith Buchele said. According to Buchele, owner Gavrilides lived in Lansing his entire life except for his time in culinary school.