Lansing’s oldest restaurant says ‘arrivederci’

Oct 30, 2015

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.


Emil’s Italian restaurant on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing is closing its doors after more than 90 years. It was the first establishment in the city to get its beer and wine license after prohibition ended. It has attracted celebrities, politicians, and musicians like the Pointer Sisters and Frankie Valli, and it all started with a little fruit stand.

Current State’s Katie Cook takes a look back at Emil’s rich history with owner Paul Grescowle.