Avenue of Fashion Mainstay 1917 American Bistro Has Closed

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The Avenue of Fashion has one less place to grab a bite to eat.

First-reported by Eater Detroit, the 1917 American Bistro has abruptly closed and has all of restaurant equipment up for auction.

There has been no explanation as to why owner Don Studvent has closed the restaurant. There is also nothing noting the closure on the 1917 American Bistro Facebook Page. I’ve reached out for comment.

Last year the restaurant was closed for a short time for renovations.

Studvent opened the restaurant in 2009 and it soon became a gathering place for people in the community to eat and listen to live music. The Avenue of Fashion has a long and storied history.

The restaurant was known for its fried catfish, shrimp and grits and blackened chicken. There was also that sweet rooftop deck.

I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the space for new developments.

More On The Avenue Of Fashion: Narrow Way Cafe opened within walking distance of 1917 last year. Here’s an interview with its proprietor, Jonathan Merritt. 

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