Locally-owned eatery, For Crêpe Sake, opened its doors to East Lansing residents this weekend at 211 M.A.C Ave. after moving locations.
Previously located in downtown Lansing, the Michigan-based eatery began in 2014 in the Lansing City Market before moving places and has finally reopened next to Michigan State's campus.
Co-owner Mike Mudrey, said the team planned to have two locations open, but once businesses started shutting down during the ongoing global pandemic, they realized that only one location would be successful.
“We actually signed the lease at the East Lansing location a little over a year ago, right before the pandemic,” Mudrey said. “We were going to open a second location and keep them both open, and then when COVID hit and some of the shutdowns came, we temporarily closed the downtown Lansing (location).”
Mudrey said that much of their business in downtown Lansing stemmed from the Lansing Convention Center holding big gatherings, but due to the pandemic it became apparent that those events would not be happening.
“We realized that for probably a couple years at least there would be an impact on events and big gatherings in downtown Lansing,” Mudrey said. “... We just thought it would be really tough to keep that place open."
According to Mudrey, it was difficult getting contractors into their new location, especially at the beginning of the shutdown, which has made the reopening process much longer.
“The process of opening this location took about six months longer than it would have if there was not a pandemic,” Mudrey said. “Part of that was just resource constraints, everything took longer.”
Mudrey said that once November came and indoor dining was closed again, they didn’t want to open a new location when all they could do for a grand opening would be take out and delivery, which slowed down the process even more.
“We would rather open where people could actually walk in and experience the restaurant instead of just ordering to go,” Mudrey said.
For Crêpe Sake will offer a revised menu as well as a revised aesthetic from their previous restaurant in downtown Lansing. The menu includes savory and sweet crêpes, gourmet Belgian waffles and coffee.
"In downtown Lansing it was an old downtown building with exposed brick walls and dirty wood floors, while this one is just lighter, brighter, and airier," Mudrey said.
Mike Mudrey and his wife Gina Mudrey are excited to finally open their doors in the new location after a long year.
"We are just excited to be in the heart of East Lansing, basically across from MSU," Mike Mudrey said.
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