Nigerian restaurant owner brings African food, nightlife to Lansing’s downtown

Taiwo Adeleye has been selling food that represents his cultural heritage for the past six months at various farmers markets and through the Allen Neighborhood Center.

And Friday, he’s opening Tatse – and at night Alobosa – as a standalone restaurant to dish out his favorites, and offer soccer fans a place to gather. “I watch English Premier League and when I go around, I find it difficult for a bar that understands that there are other people that doesn’t just want to watch American football, but English Premier League or Champions League,” he said. So the chef and soccer fan set out to create a space where he and other Africans, and some Americans, can watch games while eating Adeleye’s American-infused Nigerian dishes.