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Drove down Albert yesterday and saw a banner that said Pepinos Coming Soon.
I knew Hop Cat was going in, but I did not know there was a Pepinos going in also. Really, the only sports bar in East Lansing is Buffalo Wild Wings. Seems like a Pepinos would do well.
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They now have Search Function flavored crust for their pizza.
Cool, more chain restaurants!
It's a Michigan company. Would you rather someone without any prior success open up a restaurant that goes under in a year?
It is better than a national chain, but I would rather one of the top schools for hospitality business produce some entrepreneurs in the area. The lack of unique offerings in EL is pretty bad though it has gotten better.
Isn't the owner of The HopCat an MSU alum?
Edit: Does the downvote mean I am wrong? Or just the usual asshattery of tRCMB?
This post was edited by J_LaP 12 months ago
Pepinnos is alright. It isn't amazing, but it can have some nice beer deals
Like most EL developments, this one had hit a snag because the developer ran out of money. The city had to come up with 250k to finish the project. Pepinos is coming but may not be open in time for the first football game.
Agree with this. Hopcat and Peppino's sit perfectly in between a "local place" like Peanut Barrel or Beggar's Banquet and a national chain with no personal connection to the area like Buffalo Wild Wings or Potbelly. The owner of Hopcat is a Spartan, and there's only one other location in the world - classifying it as a "chain" is a fairly misguided use of the term. Even with Peppino's, I don't think their Sports Grill concept exists anywhere outside a few locations in the Grand Rapids area.
For those who want more entrepreneurial students from our hospitality program making an investment in the city, maybe they take inspiration and follow the lead of a fellow Spartan like the owner of Hopcat?
I have no complaints with the Pepinos in GR. I think it will be a good addition to downtown E.L. I really hope that HopCat E.L. is a bit more "sports friendly" than the one in GR though. It's not a good place to watch a game. Just a few small screens around the bar.
You're in college. The window of opportunity to drink and do drugs and take advantage of young girls is getting smaller by the day.
You are correct. An extremely rich alum.
Obviously your initial statement was made out of pure ignorance, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that you don't have a very good grasp on commercial/mixed use real estate development. No developer, even ones that aren't very good like this particular developer seems, are going to anchor a brand new development with an unproven commodity. You don't lease your only commercial space to a brand new business with no track record.
Not at all - I had no idea it was a new development (I don't live in MI). And what you said is not the case. Developers may want a higher deposit or more rent up front but they most certainly don't all want big chains in a new space.
HopCat would be stupid to not have their bar be a good place to catch a game. I can't really see them fucking that up.
There is a difference between a "Big Chain" and Peppinos. There is also a difference between a commercial development and a mixed use development (especially one that that has a single commercial spac). Trust me, no one is going to anchor their mixed use development with Joe's Pizzeria when it's Joe's first restaurant and his qualification is a Hospitality Business degree from MSU.
I CANT WAIT FOR PEPPINOS!
This bump is tight butthole.
Doesn't anybody go to Tripper's anymore? I know it's all the way out in Frandor, but that place packed 'em in in the 90's. I was there when I was home just last May, and it felt great to be back there (among many other places). What gives?
Is the food good?
I didn't eat when I was there in May. They had great wings back in the day. Am I missing something? 10%? 288? Anal?
This post was edited by Dallasparty 11 months ago
What I find amazing is that anyone would think Pepinos was anything but below average pizza.
Tripper's isn't in East Lansing.
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Reno's is though.
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