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Speak-Easy features food, varied entertainment

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Pssst. Hey buddy. Know where I can find a speak-easy? 

No need to whisper. The GOAT on Grand River speak-easy is a new East Lansing restaurant serving up varied entertainment, small plates and larger plates. It is located where Cosmos and Punk Taco used to be, 1351 E. Grand River Ave., just west of Hagadorn Road. 

One thing you will need, however, is a password. The GOAT on Grand River speak-easy allows entrance to those who have the password, which will be on the restaurant’s website and is occasionally changed. 

“We know there isn’t another restaurant like ours in East Lansing, or even Lansing. The GOAT stands for the ‘greatest of all time,’ and we plan on living up to that,” said Chief Operating Officer Mel Spencley. “Our speak-easy will be top-shelf products with leather furniture and feel like you stepped back in time.  It will always be an experience you’ll want to share with family and friends.” 

Spencley said the speak-easy will bring a variety of talent to perform, including Michigan State University jazz band graduates performing several nights a week and monthly murder-mystery dinners. Also planned are drag queen bingo and brunch, karaoke, trivia night, comedians, magicians, and more.  

In addition to tapas and platters, the food can be served as one item or as a flight of different eats. 

“Our flights of food is sure to be a huge hit. We give you an opportunity to try a few small samplings of different dishes, prepared by our very own chef Dustie (Morrell),” Spencley explained. “No longer do you need to pick that one item and order the same old thing. We give you the opportunity to sample new and unique dishes.” 

Spencley said the eatery is shooting for a spring opening. Planned hours include 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. weekends. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday for private parties.