Press Release – Old Town Food Sampler and Loft Tours

12 03 2009

From an Old Town Commercial Association Press Releae…

Food Sampler and Loft Tours Highlight

Life in Old Town

­­­­­­­­­­­ Businesses and loft owners offer patrons the chance to Taste & Tour Old Town

OLD TOWN, LANSING, Mich. – The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) presents the second annual Taste & Tour of Old Town, a progressive food sampler and loft tours, Sunday, April 5, from Noon-5 p.m., in conjunction with the First Sunday Gallery Walk.

The Taste & Tour of Old Town invites Lansing residents and visitors to sample tasty cuisine from eight Old Town restaurants and gourmet food retailers. Patrons may also view multiple Old Town lofts for an idea of what it’s like to live in Old Town.

The sampler gives visitors a chance to taste a variety of Old Town’s finest fare, all in one afternoon. Participating locations include The Chrome Cat, El Gallo Loco, Golden Harvest, Grand Café Sir Pizza, Hattie’s Kitchen, Mama Bear’s Café, Pablo’s Panaderia and Poppa Leo’s Pizza.

The revamped Taste & Tour of Old Town features loft tours for a second year in a row. The tours offer patrons a chance to view lofts not normally open to the public. After a successful turnout with the loft tours last year, the OTCA has decided to extend the event an additional two hours to Noon-5p.m. Patrons should check in at the OTCA office the day of the event for a map of tour locations, as they will not be announced until the day of the event.

Patrons have the option of sampling food and viewing lofts for $13 if purchased in advance, $15 day of, and loft tours only for $5. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the OTCA office located at 1232 Turner St., Lansing, Mich., and at Grace Boutique located at 115 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, Mich. Tickets are available the day of at the OTCA office.

The Taste & Tour of Old Town is a fundraiser for the OTCA, which helps to continue its mission of revitalizing the Old Town district. It is also a great opportunity to introduce family and friends, who may be unfamiliar with Old Town, to the thriving businesses, hip living alternatives and delicious restaurants that contribute to Old Town’s growth and development.

Press Release – Old Town Mardi Gras

19 02 2009

From a press release…

Mardi Gras in Old Town!
An Evening of Jazz and New Orleans Cuisine
This Saturday from 7-11pm! (doors at 6:30)

PUT ON YOUR PARTY BEADS and transport yourself to New Orleans right here in Old Town. Enjoy a fantastic evening of live Jazz with the Wess Anderson Quartet and New Orleans jazz vocalist Germaine Bazzle and feast on delectable Mardi Gras favorites prepared by East Lansing’s own Gumbo & Jazz Restaurant. Sample delicacies such as Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Bread Pudding.

$75 per person, $130 per couple
$250 per table of four, $360 per table of six

limited seating by reservation only
For Tickets Call: Gumbo & Jazz at 517-664-8626
For TicketsCall: Perspective2 at 517-853-5880
(5% discount to all P2 members)

Sir Pizza : Grand Cafe

31 01 2009
  • 210 E. Grand River Avenue
  • Lansing, MI 48906
  • (517) 484-9197
  • Website
  • Menu
Sir Pizzas Grand Cafe in Lansings Old Town

Sir Pizza's Grand Cafe in Lansing's Old Town

After a late afternoon lunch, neither J or I were really hungry around “dinner time.”  We sat on the couch watching TV until a little after eight.  It was then, we decided we needed to find something for dinner.  I wasn’t really in the mood for another burger and the only thing I had a taste for was pizza.  I was hesitant to suggest that because I seem to always go to pizza if I don’t want bar food.  To my surprise, when I did suggest it, J said she was thinking the same thing.

Our first choice was the newly opened Izzo’s Pizzeria in REO Town.  Unfortunately, we were too late.  When we drove by, it was open.  By the time we parked and walked back to the pizzeria, it was closed, so I went with Plan B. 

The Sir Pizza Grand Cafe is in Lansing Old Town on Grand River Avenue overlooking the Grand River.  When it came to ordering pizza, we always seemed to avoid the Lansing chain.  The other Sir Pizza stores never really looked all that inviting.  The one we always drive by is the Cedar Street/Mt. Hope location and that one looks like it’s abandoned.  The front is all boarded up and you can’t tell that there’s anything going on inside.  So, and I know this is bad, that’s how my perception of Sir Pizza was built, but I had heard good things about the Grand Cafe.  Since we were still in the mood for pizza and Old Town wasn’t really all that far, that’s where we headed. Read the rest of this entry »

Old Town Bar Controversy

8 01 2009

I was just reading in this week’s City Pulse how Rendezvous on the Grand was going to become The Chrome Cat.  Today, City Pulse updated their story.  Apparently, everything with the Rendezvous on the Grand creditors wasn’t taken care of.  A restraining order was issued by Judge Manderfield this morning which may delay the bar’s opening which was scheduled for this Friday.

(Douglas) Cunningham alleges he was not contacted about the sale. He claims to have been kept in the dark about the status of his investment. According to his suit, he invested over $50,400.

“I never gave anyone permission to list or sell any of the kitchen equipment or other property I purchased and allowed the Rendezvous on the Grand to use, as part of the business,” Cunningham testified in an affidavit.


Old Town Compassionate Feast

21 11 2008

From an Old Town Commercial Association Press Release….

100 local families to receive Thanksgiving baskets

Old Town, Lansing, Mich.- The Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) is starting the
holiday season with the eighth annual Compassionate Feast, a program dedicated to supplying 100 local families under the federal poverty line with all the ingredients necessary to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast in their own home. Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed to local pre-qualified families on Monday, November 24 at the North Presbyterian Church, located at 108 West Grand River in Lansing’s historic Old Town district. Volunteers will sort, pack and distribute the food to local families between 9a.m. and 6p.m.
The OTCA is still raising money to purchase groceries for the baskets. Compassionate Feast is a
community event, and could not be possible without the generous donations given every year from local businesses and community members. Every penny collected goes to purchase food. The costs are anticipated to be approximately $7,000 for this year’s baskets. People interested in donating are asked to contact the OTCA at 517.485.4283 for additional information.

In partnership with Head Start, Cristo Rey and EVE Inc., the OTCA strives to find families who
need the Thanksgiving baskets the most. The families are pre-qualified, contacted and confirmed in the weeks prior to the event. With the help of the West Saginaw Meijer, The OTCA will purchase food based on each individual family and their needs.

“We’ve had some great people step up to help us this year,” said Jamie Schriner-Hooper, executive director of the OTCA. “In addition to monetary donations, we’ve had a few unique donations. Troppo donated 50 turkeys, which would have cost us about $1,000; October Moon donated food and baby blankets. We also received in-kind donations from Great Harvest Bread Company, Grand Traverse Pie Company, TechSmith and Paramount Coffee.”

Now in its eigth year, the program was started by David Such, owner of Such Video, a video
production company in Old Town. Working as a young photographer on a story about a soup
kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday provided Such with the inspiration for Compassionate


Press Release – Old Town Oktoberfest

18 09 2008

From a press release….

Old Town Oktoberfest Tickets Now Available
­­­­­­­­­­­Celebrate fall at Old Town’s version of a classic German festival

OLD TOWN, LANSING, Mich. – In just a few weeks, festival patrons will be able to step into Bavaria, enjoying all the polka music, authentic German food and beer they can handle, without ever leaving Lansing. Get tickets now for the third annual Old Town Oktoberfest, Old Town Lansing’s ode to the largest festival on the planet.

On Friday & Saturday, October 3 & 4, Old Town Oktoberfest patrons will be transported into the heart of German culture. The festival features German music and dance, authentic German fare and world-renowned German and Oktoberfest-style beer.

Tickets for the event are now on-sale. One day admission is $13 in advance, $17 at the door or $15 for students and seniors (ID required). For two-days of German fun, purchase a Weekend Pass, good both Friday & Saturday, for only $25. Admission to Oktoberfest includes a souvenir Oktoberfest mug and three food/drink tickets.

Tickets are available at selected Old Town retailers including, Grace, Prespective2 and Mama Bear’s Café, as well as in the OTCA office, located at 1232 Turner St. Patrons can also purchase tickets online at

This year, anyone can enjoy Oktoberfest like a VIP. Private Parties are still available for the entire Oktoberfest weekend. Great for client and employee appreciation or a night out with a group of friends, a Private Party package includes one reserved table in the VIP tent, admission to the festival and drink/food tickets for eight people, private restrooms, a great view of the entertainment and your very own satellite drink station, so Private Party guests will never have to wait in line for a drink. Parties are $400 per night or $700 for the weekend.

Old Town Oktoberfest is presented by and a fundraiser for the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA). The funds raised from this event helps to beautify the district, recruit businesses, produce special events and preserve Old Town’s unique character.

Old Town Commercial Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Lansing’s Old Town through socioeconomic development, historic preservation, business recruitment and community outreach. For additional information, please visit


Press Release – A Taste of Louisiana in Old Town

8 08 2008

From a press release….

Old Town Lansing, Michigan – Perspective2 Studio and Gumbo and Jazz restaurant are pleased to announce the “Taste of Louisiana,” to be held Saturday, August 16 from 7 PM – 11 PM at P2, 319 E. Grand River in Lansing’s Old Town.  Taste of Louisiana wil feature an authentic Louisiana feast, live music from the Wess Anderson jazz quartet, dancing, and more.

Desi Anderson, a native of Louisiana and owner of Gumbo & Jazz restaurant, will provide an authentic Louisiana dinner complete with gumbo, cornbread, and traditional Louisiana fixins.  Since opening her doors in the fall of 2007, Desi has been overwhelmed with the positive reviews of her cuisine and the way the community has embraced her.  “I had always wanted my own restaurant.” said Deis.  “Greater Lansing’s response confirmed that I made the right choice and that they were ready for some great Louisiana food.” Read the rest of this entry »