Foodies who have missed the joy that can only come from a thin, sometimes cakey, sometimes crispy, sweet or savory crêpe in the local dining scene can finally rejoice. For Crêpe Sake is celebrating their grand opening Saturday, March 20 at 8 a.m. at 211 M.A.C. Ave.
Owner Gina Mudrey spoke to ELi about the new restaurant, which debuted in the Lansing City Market, owned by Mark and Deborah Owen. Mudrey and her husband Mike purchased café space on Washington Square in Lansing in November 2018.
The cafe’s new East Lansing space formerly housed Mackerel Sky, but Mudrey said since restaurants previously existed there, “the bones were there to convert it back.” Though some cosmetic changes and updates occurred, Mudrey said “the process was certainly elongated by the pandemic over the past year.”
“Covid delayed this project for at least six months,” she said. “And closing the Lansing location forced us to adjust a few plans and relocate some existing equipment….Honestly, it probably would have made the most sense for us to just not move forward and shut down for good. But we felt we owed this to our customers, our employees, and the community. It’s exciting to bring something new – especially something new that is locally owned to East Lansing during a time of such uncertainty.”
Mudrey has hometown ties to the new location, having grown up in East Lansing and attended MSU.
“We were actually looking for a location in East Lansing for about six months before we stumbled upon this location. In fact, we may have found it by reading an ELi article about Mackerel Sky closing. We wanted something in a convenient, walkable location in the heart of East Lansing. Our original plan was to open this as a second location of For Crêpe Sake but then the pandemic hit and forced us to close the Lansing location.”
The 1300-square-foot space will operate at 50 percent dining capacity, featuring sweet and savory crêpes that range in price from $10-12, gourmet Belgian waffles, smoothies, coffee, and espresso drinks.
Mudrey recommends a few of her favorite options: the France crêpe (Nutella, fresh strawberries, bananas, whipped cream), the Tuscan crêpe (chicken, caramelized onion, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella, spinach, pesto, balsamic glaze) and the turtle waffle (caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, toasted pecans, whipped cream).
While the grand opening is set for this Saturday, Mudrey said the celebration was deliberately tame to ensure safety and comfort for guests. She encourages customers to visit at their leisure and at their own pace.
“We are delighted to finally be opening our doors,” she said. “It’s been a long and painful year for us, and many in the community and around the world. We see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and hope a new opening in the spring in East Lansing signifies a bit of hope and optimism and excitement for the future.”
For Crêpe Sake is located at 211 M.A.C. Ave. It’s hours of operation are:
Monday – closed.
Tuesday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Sunday – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Online ordering and curbside pickup will soon be available, according to Mudrey.