Barbeque lovers have yet another reason to get exciting about the growing restaurant scene in the Lansing area. A Famous Dave
's franchise partnership with locations in Grandville, Flint and Saginaw plan to open their next location in Holt.
"Lansing has been on the radar for quite awhile," says Director of Operation for the new Famous Dave's, Jerrid Heidel. "As we're coming out of the recession, we decided it's a good time to take a look around and see what existing properties might be a good buy."
Demolition has already begun at the former Buffalo Southwest Café location on Cedar Street in Holt, and Heidel expects construction to begin very soon. The existing 5,300 square foot building will receive an addition of about 700 additional square feet. Heidel hopes to see doors open on the Famous Dave's on April 22.
"We bring is we bring an BBQ expert culture," says Heidel. "Our meats are brought in raw; we season them, marinate them smoke them. Our pork butt gets smoked anywhere from 10 to 12 hours. "
Famous Dave's will hire between 110 and 120 employees for its opening, and plans to invest $1.75 million in to the renovation and opening of the location. Heidel says the family friendly dining restaurant looks forward to being an active part of the Lansing community.
"We build community involvement teams to be active in the area," says Heidel. "I really love that about our restaurant group. We want to make a difference everywhere we are."
Source: Jerrid Heidel, Famous Dave's
Writer: Natalie Burg, Development News Editor