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Try a new local lunch: For Crepe Sake

Try a new local lunch: For Crepe Sake
Nikki Nicolaou

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

If you’re feeling sour about the whole nowhere-to-eat situation on LCC’s campus, take a walk on over to the Lansing City Market for a sweet surprise.

New local business For Crepe Sake opened in the city market five weeks ago. Husband and wife owners Mark and Deborah Owen have been married five years, but being business partners is still a fresh idea. And yes, it’s served daily.

Deborah Owen brings years of catering experience to the table, and Mark made his dough from a former pizzeria.

“We talked about different businesses for a long time. Then we visited this crepery, and we thought, ‘Wow, this would make a really good business for Lansing,’” Mark said. “If you go down Washington here, there’s like four different sub places, there’s pizza everywhere. This is something unique; a little more sophisticated.”

When it came time to find a location, the Owens set their sights on their former hometown of Lansing.

“We looked at a number of locations, and being that we’re brand new, we decided that this would be a good place to get started; to grow up our business from here,” Mark said.

For Crepe Sake features Michigan products, including the best coffee in Lansing, according to Mark.

Paired with their wide variety of crepes, the eatery’s menu includes coffee from the popular Ann Arbor sandwich shop, Zingerman’s.

“We tried several Michigan roasters,” Mark said. “We had a little party and we tried different brews from different types, and Zingerman’s came out with the highest quality products.”

While this French-inspired eatery is just a short walk from campus, the walk to get ingredients is even fewer steps away.

“I get my milk that I use in the coffee from Hickory Corners here (in the market),” Mark said.

“We buy our cheese here … and other things from the produce department. We try to kind of service everyone here,” Deb added.

If you’re in the dark about these light and flavor-filled French pancakes, try the Eiffel Tower or Hunchback of Notre Dame, both fan favorites.

Other popular sellers are the Nutella flavors, but city of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero fancies the fraise crepe.

While they’re still a new business, For Crepe Sake is already thinking of bigger, better and batter things. The second stage in the works is delivery.

“We’d like to deliver to LCC. Right now we’re thinking lunch-time delivery,” Mark said.

Next is adding catering, followed by more locations, he added.

Stop by and make your lunchtime a little sweeter at For Crepe Sake, located at 325 City Market Drive.

The cafe is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Daily specials are available and the whole menu is available gluten free.

Students with a valid student ID can get 15 percent off their entire purchase.

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