Lots of change is happening at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing, including a new restaurant taking over the old Champps location.

New Bar and Restaurant Opening in Lansing

Champps Kitchen + Bar first opened in Eastwood Towne Center in 2003, according to the Lansing State Journal.  Sadly, it closed 20 years later in June 2023.

Like many restaurants, Champps struggled during and post-Covid and were never able to get business back to remain open. Now, a new bar and restaurant will be taking over that old location.

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Lansing's foodie scene will soon welcome Art & Jake's Sports Bar and Grill.

Kristen Matthews TSM Lansing
Kristen Matthews TSM Lansing

Art & Jake's Opening a Location in Lansing Michigan

Art & Jake's is a small Michigan-based chain that got its start over 20 years ago in Shelby Township. Now, it has five Michigan locations, with the sixth Lansing location to open soon. And, it even has a location in Newnan, Georgia.

As of right now, Art & Jake's website says that the Lansing location will be done in Spring 2024. But to be fair, at the time of writing this, summer will be here in two weeks. At this time, it appears that construction is still taking place on the new building, as the old Champps was torn down to make way for Art & Jake's.

Related: 15+ Eateries That Opened or Reopened in Lansing in 2023

Art & Jake's menu looks to have a wide array of your typical bar-and-grill food, with a variety of sandwiches, burgers, fried food, and more.

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If you just can't wait for Art & Jake's to be open, there are plenty of restaurants in that area; Smokey Bones, P. F. Chang's. BJ's Brewhouse, and more. Stay hungry, Lansing.

Lansing Area Bars and Restaurants That Serve Amazing Mocktails

Whether you are a pregnant person, a sober person, an underage person, or just a person who doesn't feel like drinking alcohol at the moment, there's got to be something out there for us, right? That's when I discovered the beauty of a mocktail. If you don't drink alcohol, for whatever reason, there are some fantastic restaurants and bars in Lansing that serve up more than pop and lemonade. Check out these spots that have amazing mocktails. 

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Bars and Restaurants Participating in Lansing's Social Districts

Have you ever heard of a "social district"? It's an area that allows you to enjoy booze while out in the great outdoors. And by great outdoors, I mean some city blocks downtown. Lansing has officially decided to make the once temporary social districts a permanent fixture. Now, you can enjoy your favorite beer, wine, or cocktails in certain public areas in Lansing. You can find Lansing's social districts in Downtown, REO Town, and Old Town. Check out the list below to see which bars and restaurants are participating.

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10 Best Bars in Jackson

No matter what your poison is (beer, wine, or a nice mixed drink or cocktail), these bars could make for the perfect pit stop before or after a fun night out on the town in Jackson. Whether you call Jackson home, or it's your first evening there, we did the leg work and put together a list of the best bars and breweries in Jackson to grab a drink at. Check out the list in the gallery below. And if we're missing a must-stop bar, let us know. You can always send us a message using the free app.

Gallery Credit: Kristen Matthews

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