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1917 American Bistro Abruptly Shutters on The Avenue of Fashion

The Livernois Avenue restaurant’s equipment will be sold at auction

1917 American Bistro.
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.

Avenue of Fashion mainstay 1917 American Bistro has closed its doors after nearly nine years of business.

Attempts to reach the restaurant ownership were unsuccessful. However, individuals with knowledge of the business confirmed the closure to Eater. The popular Livernois Avenue eatery’s equipment was listed for auction this week, drawing attention from former customers.

Located in a two-story building on the now burgeoning business corridor between 7 Mile and 8 Mile, 1917 American Bistro opened its doors in late-2009 with a menu featuring Cajun catfish, shrimp & grits, and a weekend brunch buffet. Its rooftop patio was an prime destination for customers in warm months.

Over the years, chef/owner Don Studvent’s restaurant grew into a popular community gathering place for the surrounding neighborhoods. The restaurant regularly hosted live music and made room for start-up businesses such as BAHF Juice Bar (shop announced its relocation in July) and Sweet Bree’s Cupcakes.

According to city records, Studvent owns the building. However, it’s still not clear what will happen with the property once the equipment is sold.

All 1917 American Bistro Coverage [ED]
1917 American Bistro Auction Items [Detroit Metro Auctions]
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1917 American Bistro

19416 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221 (313) 863-1917 Visit Website