Kirk Herbstreit, Todd Blackledge, ESPN College Football analysts, work together to save Lansing’s golden harvest

LANSING, MI – One of the most popular breakfast places in Lansing needs help to stay open.

And two ESPN college football analysts do their part.

Golden Harvest, the popular restaurant that has served legions of customers in Lansing Old Town for 15 years, is in foreclosure. It closed in March last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has not reopened for several reasons.

The restaurant only seats about three dozen people and is known for long waiting times as a large number of guests want to enjoy the selection of breakfast specialties.

MLive’s Michigan’s Best Team planned to visit it as part of their 2013 quest for Michigan’s Best Breakfast Place. Unfortunately it was closed due to an unexpected “dental emergency”.

Now Golden Harvest threatens to close for good. Fortunately, the public doesn’t seem ready to let this happen. A GoFundMe page was set up and raised $ 22,000 on Wednesday afternoon.

Among those who made the biggest donations: Former college football quarterbacks and current ESPN college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Todd Blackledge.

“For all of my years doing Taste of the Town, this spot was definitely in my top 5 of all time,” wrote Blackledge, a former Penn State QB who donated $ 250, on Twitter. “I hope you can get back on your feet. Help if you can! Help bring back the golden harvest! “

Herbstreit, the former Ohio State QB and one of ESPN’s biggest stars, noticed the tweet and sent in $ 4,000 of his own.

“Thanks for the heads-up ledge,” he wrote on Twitter. “These types of restaurants are what make communities unique and special.”

A crumbling roof, old pipes, a broken ventilation system and aging kitchen appliances are among the problems that Vanessa Vicknair, the owner of Lansing, is facing, according to the GoFundMe page.

Ingham County’s Treasurer Eric Schertzing estimates that Golden Harvest’s Turner Street property is owed an estimated 2017 tax of $ 14,000.

The county agreed to work with the restaurant to keep it open if certain payments are made on time, the newspaper said.

To date, more than 240 people have donated to help Golden Harvest meet its $ 25,000 goal.

“We have to help Vanessa and her girls not only rebuild the harvest for their future, but to help all of Lansing,” wrote organizer Jamie Schriner on the page. “She’s helped so many of us through vicious hangovers, breakups, partying, and more. It’s our turn to help. The harvest is a Lansing staple and we must do everything we can to save it. “

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