VIDEO: GrandRiver Coffee Cafe closes its doors to student dismay
After hearing about the cafe closing, students spoke in appreciation of what GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has brought to them in the past few years.
For many students, GrandRiver Coffee Cafe has been a favorite place to study and hangout with friends.
"I have been here a lot," I love it. It's definitely one of my favorite places to go in town and study," said student Kelsey Behan. "One of my friends was here the other day and one of the baristas here told her (they were closing)...I had to come one more time."
The owner of the cafe, Steve Sawvel, said, "We will close after Thursday only if we sell the property. If we cannot, I don’t know, maybe we will continue doing it. I’m just not sure yet."
Sawvel opened up the cafe about 7 years ago and operating the cafe in the central area of East Lansing has been Sawvel's life experience. "It's just a matter of timing, for us," he said but he hopes someone can continue running the coffee house.
"I'm pretty upset," said animal science sophomore Krystal Whitten. "I’m hoping the new owner will turn it to a coffee house. But I guess there is no news laid out on what it’s gonna be."
The cafe will close its doors on Thursday, but the entire building is being sold. Archives Book Store is next door to the cafe, and is "an extremely popular place for students" said Susan Kitzlen, a member of the staff.
"We don't know who the new owner is for the whole building," Kitzlen said. "(But) we will still be open."