What a great idea for a chicken restaurant. Just the other night, I was craving chicken and considered going to Popeye’s. Knowing I was kind of bad on my diet over the weekend, I didn’t want to splurge on fried chicken. This afternoon, J asked me to run out to Horrocks to get some more of them delicious honey crisp apples. She went to work a little early, so I just waited to eat lunch until after she was gone. I made my stops at Wal-Mart and Horrocks then got thinking about lunch. When I was working this weekend, one of the guys I worked with had said something about YaYa’s near Frandor. For some reason, I remembered there was one near the Lansing Mall, so that’s where I went for lunch.
YaYa’s is a chain of 17 restaurants with locations in Michigan and Florida. The first restaurant was opened in Seminole, FL in 1985, but the first franchise location was opened in Flint, MI in 1988. There are two locations here in Lansing and both are on Saginaw Highway. There’s this one by the mall and the other is farther down Saginaw near US 127. This particular YaYa’s is located in a shopping plaza in a very commercialized area of Saginaw Highway.
It was a little after two when I went looking for lunch. There were no cars parked in front and the inside was empty. The store is not very big. It’s longer than it is wide and there are a handful of tables in the space to sit and eat. The counter is located at the far end of the space. The menu board is behind the counter above the grills where the whole chickens are butterflied and grilled. Read the rest of this entry »