‘The last straw’ - Lansing’s Green Dot Stables to close Sunday, hopes to reopen or sell by fall

“We are focusing our limited staffing resources on downtown Detroit.”
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 8:46 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 6:04 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A Lansing restaurant has announced it is closing -- at least for the summer.

In the announcement, Lansing’s Green Dot Stables said it will close following Sunday night’s service with hopes of either reopening, leasing, or selling the restaurant by fall 2022.

Owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll said it was a difficult decision to shut the 12,000-square-foot restaurant on S. Clippert Street, which debuted in December 2017.

“We are focusing our limited staffing resources on downtown Detroit,” said Jacques Driscoll. “Our amazing manager who held it all together in Lansing just resigned and that was the last straw. We sadly must call it quits for the season and explore other options.”

Staffing shortages is a problem the entire industry is dealing with.

“Hopefully we can figure something out to keep this going cause like I said, it was doing well and I think - I’m positive it could continue to do well. It’s just you gotta find the right people and the right time,” said Driscoll.

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) said the COVID-19 pandemic made things a lot worse.

“COVID hit and really just crushed it. People got out of the industry and cause it was so unstable, and not sure how long we’d be open, when we’d be open again, and what the restrictions would be. And they found other jobs,” said Scott Ellis of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.

Last month, Green Dot Stables was put up for sale. However, Jacques Driscoll said he is open to creative solutions.

“If a new team wants to buy or lease it and run it as Green Dot, I’m ready to listen. Or they may want to come in and do something entirely different,” he said. “We put a new roof, kitchen, and HVAC system into the building in 2019. It’s a solid location with lots of improvements.”

The MLBA said they have some ideas that may help tackle the ongoing staffing shortage.

“Beer service walls where people can self-serve from a beer wall. That may help relieve one position if they can’t fill it. There has to be somebody there working but maybe of they’re short-staffed they can use that wall,” said Ellis.

Another solution from the MLBA -- changing the serving age to 17 years old.

The Driscoll’s company, In-Laws Hospitality, also owns and operates the Green Dot Stables location in Detroit. Located on W. Lafayette Boulevard. in the Corktown neighborhood, that location is staying open.

“I hope our loyal customers get a chance to stop by and say goodbye this weekend,” Driscoll said. “Christine and I are both Spartan alumni and we’ve enjoyed sharing our Green Dot sliders and mystery meat specials in our favorite college town. We hope we can find the right solution for all.”

Green Dot Stables in Lansing will be open until 10 p.m. Sunday.

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The Lansing location of Green Dot Stables will close Sunday, July 10. The owners also own and...
The Lansing location of Green Dot Stables will close Sunday, July 10. The owners also own and operate the Corktown location in Detroit, which will remain open.(In-Laws Hospitality)
The Lansing location of Green Dot Stables, on S. Clippert, will close Sunday, July 10. The...
The Lansing location of Green Dot Stables, on S. Clippert, will close Sunday, July 10. The Detroit location in the Corktown neighborhood will remain open.(In-Laws Hospitality)

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