Restaurant rental in Lansing/East Lansing area?
It depends on the number of folks that you are having at your event, but I'm pretty sure you can rent out just about any local restaurant if you have enough people. Personally, I've rented out:
The State Room (at the Kellogg Center @ MSU)
Beggar's Banquet (the newish back room - downtown East Lansing)
Troppo (several smaller rooms available for events)
All Season's Bistro (Lake Lansing/Coolidge)
The English Inn (Eaton Rapids)
It really depends on your numbers and what your price range is. If you have < 50 guests and are thinking $50/person, I'd go with the first 3 options (w/o alcohol). If you have <50 but have a slightly higher price point ($60 - $75/person), I'd go with the last two.
I'd also recommend the following locations:
* MSU Union Ballroom(s) (did brother's wedding there, nice venue)
* Kellogg Center (food's pretty good, nice location w/ hotel/parking)
* Eagle Eye Golf Course (the food is actually good - had a dinner there on Saturday)
* Michigan Historical Museum (simply gorgeous location, a bit difficult for catering)
Good luck with your event!
Hmm...all of those places sound tempting! As of this second, the event I'm planning for is being held in Grand Ledge, so all of those places sound tempting. I'm not 100% sure how big the event is yet (I'm just in the beginning stages of planning), so this info is a lot of help. Thank you so much!