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What's Fueling Detroit's Black-Owned Restaurant Closures?

Are these simply landlord-tenant disputes or is there something more than money at the heart of these feuds?

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Are black-owned businesses getting forced out of downtown Detroit? Mo Better Blues shuttered last week after a year-long dispute with the Kale Building's landlord. At the same time, Larry Mongo abandoned two small-scale restaurant concepts in the Himelhoch Building, citing problems with Fourmidable Real Estate. Now, it seems Tangerine may be going out of business as well due to a long-term legal battle with the nightclub's landlords Atwater Beer. Are these simply landlord-tenant disputes or is there something more than money at the heart of these feuds? A recent report by Detroit's local Fox affiliate takes a look at this trend.

Tangerine

237 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI (248) 212-6469

Mo Better Blues

546 E. Larned St. , Detroit, MI