Two new restaurants have recently set up shop along one of Lansing's busiest commercial corridors.
IHOP and Round the Clock both opened within a mile of each other on Torrance Avenue.
Schaumburg-based IL and IN Restaurant Realty, owned by Mike Ruben, opened the new IHOP franchise at 16851 Torrance Ave. About $1 million was invested in the new eatery, said Kristi DeLaurentiis, director of planning and development for the Village of Lansing.
A 24-hour Round the Clock also is now open for business at 17601 Torrance Ave. The diner first opened this year as a Loubie's Pancake House, but was rebranded as a Round the Clock family diner. The change is beneficial because people are more aware of the brand and know Round the Clock also serves lunch and dinner, which should draw in more traffic, DeLaurentiis said.
"With the pancake house, it wasn't as well known that they had lunch and dinner menus as well," she said.
The sit-down restaurant employs about 60 workers, she said.