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.