Redesigned shuffleboard club in Lansing, which will open in summer 2022

The Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club promises not to be “your grandfather’s shuffleboard”.

Developers hope that the club, set to open in summer 2022, will help build Lansing’s reputation as a food and entertainment destination.

The project at Lansing City Market on the Grand River is led by Detroit Rising, a Livonia-based development company.

When it opens next year, the space will be home to eight restaurants, two bars, shuffleboard spaces, and plenty of space for socializing.

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“We don’t want to sit down for a long meal,” said Jonathan Hartzell, director of development at Detroit Rising. “We want to get up and explore and try a few snacks.”

The intent is to bring more entertainment and themed dining to the people of downtown Lansing, especially young professionals.

“You travel everywhere except Lansing,” said Hartzell. “The general mention is that there is generally nothing to do. You may have a venue, but what do you do then?”

Although shuffleboard’s current appeal may seem like a niche, Hartzell said it’s an experience most people can enjoy.

“Done right and curated right, it’s something that you will easily fill up for some time and have a lovely experience,” he said. “I can stand there with a drink or something to eat, slide a puck and talk to my friends and have a good time.”

An early illustration of what the redesigned Lansing Shuffleboard & Social Club might look like.

Hartzell first thought of starting a shuffleboard club when he was in Florida for a convention in 2016.

“We had all these plans that day, but somehow we found ourselves on a shuffleboard with a blender and some alcohol, just pucking for four hours, and having a blast,” he said. “I loved it. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this in the Michigan area ever since.”

Other activities like pickleball or sports clubs require people to dress for the occasion and will likely bring a bit of sweat with them, Hartzell said. Shuffleboard is more relaxed, but still fun.

“I’m looking for entertainment,” he said. “It’s accessible.”

The Lansing Shuffleboard and Social Club is currently accepting applications from restaurants looking to rent space there.

“We’re trying to attract renters and chefs from all over the state to create this really great melting pot in Lansing,” said project manager Kirstie Ducourouble.

The intent is to create a place in the state capital where people from all over Michigan can sample food.

“The idea is: Let us present the food of the region in our state capital, not just in a small shop window, but across the country,” said Hartzell. “We try to draw from everywhere, our west, our north, our east.”

The interior of the former City Market in downtown Lansing, seen on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

The redevelopment project was approved by the city council last year, but has faced delays since then due to the pandemic, price hikes and supply chain issues.

The original design would have been too expensive and would have taken too long, so the team redesigned the space. The mezzanine level on the second floor, where the dishes were housed in early renderings, has disappeared. Instead, the dishes will move to an indoor-outdoor terrace with additional space to gather.

“The whole interior will be food and eating with bars and seating, and then you go out on the patio and the patio tries to really program and connect with the river bank,” Hartzell said. “On the north side, where there is a lot of greenery, it will be that outdoor shuffle that overlooks the river and sandy beach and should be connected to this type of experience.”

Hartzell said they are ready to apply for building permits and the project will pick up speed in the next few weeks.

“Those starts and stops and delays over the past 11 months … it has been hard to build momentum,” said Ducourouble. “But we’re here now. We’re about to have a grand opening and some really exciting announcements.”

The developers hope the project’s momentum will expand to the rest of the city. The goal is to make Lansing a travel destination, not just a place for government employees and 9-to-5 jobs.

“Lansing has a lot going for it,” said Ducourouble. “I think it’s a lot overlooked by Detroit and some other cities in Michigan – or maybe overshadowed is the right word … It’s a place where you want to work, play, and live. We’re excited to be part of this changing narrative. “

Contact reporter Elena Durnbaugh at (517) 231-9501 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ElenaDurnbaugh.

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