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Where Good People Meet: Gregory’s Soul Food Known for Cuisine As Well As History

Ethnicity meets authenticity at a Lansing staple that has been serving up soul food with a side of history in mid-Michigan for more than half a century.

Originally opened as The Garage in 1971, Gregory’s Soul Food Bar and Grill was the first Black-owned restaurant in the area to have a liquor license. Gregory’s moved from downtown Lansing to its current location at 2510 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 30 years ago. Owned by and named for Gregory Eaton, a multi-hyphenate, trailblazing Lansing native, the restaurant is known as much for its sports/local Black history memorabilia as it is for its catfish and wings.

“We probably do almost 1,100 pounds of chicken wings a week,” said Ed Burtley, who has been with the restaurant since 1994.

Other popular items on the menu include a variety of side dishes like macaroni and cheese, yams, greens, and black-eyed peas.

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