Many don't remember this fire three weeks ago in the former Hollywood Video on East Saginaw...hence the confusion over the three neighboring restaurants all being closed.
"I came over here to stop and get YaYa's Chicken because I enjoy it and had no idea it was closed," said Barbara Jackson, who got out of her car only to have to get back in and drive somewhere else.
"I was kind of shocked to see them closed along with the other establishments here," said Ryan Robertson, who found himself in that same predicament.
We told them what the property manager told us: they have no idea when the eateries will reopen. Signs at Flap Jack say three weeks -- but we've hit that mark and still regulars are driving across town to grub instead.
"We've had quite a few people say they generally go to the Frandor Flap Jack. They keep asking when it will reopen," said Ron Wilkins, who owns the Flap Jack on Cedar Street in South Lansing. "When one location goes down, people flock to the other three."
Sam Eyde Management, which handles the property, tells me the biggest obstacle in reopening is getting government and insurance approvals. The company needs permits to rebuild and has to make sure the space is safe enough for business.
In the meantime -- Ya-Ya's, Flap Jack, and Jersey Giant are losing business. The sub joint is pointing customers to its sister shop, Schwartz Deli, around the corner on Clippert Street. Chris Chase manages both and says while the deli's getting some new foot traffic, it's nowhere near what Jersey Giant brought in. One customer said he used to eat at Jersey Giant and hasn't gone to Schwartz' Deli because it's not as convenient a location for him.
So what's for lunch instead?
We got mixed responses. Some said they didn't know. Others said they'd choose Subway or another sandwich competitor.
That's the way it's going to be until signs go down and doors open up.
We'll stay on this story for you.
The property manager says a more definite time-line should surface in the next few weeks.