October 20, 2021

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Downtown Lansing coffee shop closures leave limited options for caffeine

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LANSING – Maybe it’s a case of the Mondays or an endless string of meetings, but you need your coffee fix. 

If you work or live downtown, satisfying the jonesing for a cup of joe isn’t as easy as it used to be. Trust us. We walked the downtown area and here’s what we learned:

  • The number of coffee spots declined by roughly a third during the pandemic.
  • You’re pretty much out of luck if you’re looking for a coffee after 3 p.m. Only three downtown shops offer coffee as the business day winds down.
  • If you have time on your hands, there are options available across the Grand River but it’s by no means a brief trip.

Where the coffee drips ran dry

Several downtown coffee shops closed during the pandemic. That’s what motivated this story.

More:Downtown Lansing: Which businesses closed, which ones opened during COVID-19 pandemic

Here’s where you can’t get coffee:

Biggby Coffee, 115 W. Allegan St. Downtown Lansing once had two Biggbys for those in need of their caffeine fix, but the coffee company closed the Allegan Street location this year. The Ottawa Street location is still open (see below).

Strange Matter, 337 S. Washington Square. The café closed its shop at Washington Square and Kalamazoo Street in August 2020, citing a significant decrease in foot traffic during the pandemic. Strange Matter has said it hopes to reopen the downtown location at some point.

Strange Matter Coffee in downtown Lansing, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

Grand Traverse Pie Company, 200 S. Washington Square. The downtown location has been closed for months, though a sign on the door indicates the shop will reopen in November.

Einstein Brothers Bagels, 422 N. Washington Square. Once located inside the Gannon Building on Lansing Community College’s campus, the shop is closed until January 2022.

Quick coffee fixes nearby on Washington Square

Most coffee breaks aren’t designed to be lengthy. Sometimes you just need a quick pick-me-up and some fresh air within a 10- to 15-minute window.

If that’s the case, these are you’re options in downtown Lansing proper:

Social Sloth Café and Bakery, 301 S. Washington Square. Amid the pandemic, Social Sloth Café and Bakery opened its doors in September 2020, specializing in Turkish-style cuisine and coffee. Social Sloth is the sole standalone coffee shop that’s open on Saturdays on Washington Square.

Burcay Gunguler, co-owner of Social Sloth Cafe and Bakery in downtown Lansing prepares Turkish coffee Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

The New Daily Bagel, 309 S. Washington Square. The bagel and sandwich shop is a longtime fixture on Washington Square and an option for a cup of coffee. The New Daily Bagel is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Biggby Coffee, 120 W. Ottawa St. The shop is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Biggby is closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A man drinks coffee in front of Biggby Coffee on East Ottawa Street in downtown Lansing Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

Starbucks, 111 N. Grand Ave. It’s inside the Radisson’s lobby and open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Across the bridge might be too far

If time is on your side, the Stadium District has several options.

Biggby Coffee, 500 E. Michigan Ave. Walking from downtown, it’s the closest of the three options on East Michigan Avenue. Right now, the café is open for drive-thru orders only so don’t expect to walk in and grab a coffee. Biggby is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Barista Taylor Walker of Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. serves a coffee at the downtown Capital City Market Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., 600 E. Michigan Avenue. The Grand Rapids-based coffee roaster opened its fifth café inside the Capital City Market last fall. The full-service café is open daily until 5 p.m. and has a full menu of caffeinated quaffs.

Goodfellas Bagel, 625 E. Michigan Ave. The shop closes at 3 p.m. during the week, so a late afternoon coffee might be out of the question. Its sole offering is a basic cup of hot coffee.

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