Now on its third identity in the last year, the former Brannigan Brothers location in Downtown Lansing recently opened as a new restaurant and bar called Michael's. According to bartender Benjamin May, the new name comes with a classier atmosphere.
"We have a lot more top shelf alcohol," he says. " We're trying to attract a different crowd, a little bit older, such as the grad students at Cooley."
The restaurant's interior has been completely renovated since its time as Brannigan Brothers. Michael's now features live blues music on Wednesday nights and is also focusing on catering to sports fans with several TVs, as well as the local lunch crowd.
Michaels currently employs a staff of approximately 14, and May says the new business has been busy since their opening in mid-March.
"It's been a lot busier since the new owner has come in," he says. "We've got a pretty awesome staff."
May says Michael's hopes to soon add live music on the weekends in addition to Wednesdays.
Source: Benjamin May, Michael's
Writer: Natalie Burg, Development News Editor