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Feather Bowling Icon Cadieux Cafe Sells to New Owner

Cliff Bell’s owner Paul Howard and musician John Rutherford have bought out the bar known for Flemish games, mussels, and beer

People roll wheels in dirt feather bowling lanes at Cadieux Cafe.
Cadieux Cafe is known for the Flemish game of feather bowling.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
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.

Detroit’s iconic Flemish bar Cadieux Cafe has sold to a new owner. Ron Devos and Paul Misuraca are in the process of handing over the popular east side hangout to classic bar collector, Cliff Bell’s owner Paul Howard and musician John Rutherford, per a release.

The Devos family has operated the vintage 1930s watering hole known for its feather bowling lanes, beer, and steaming bowls of mussels since 1962. “The Devos and Misuraca family are proud of the 55 plus years we’ve served the community and are grateful to each and every one who has been a part of our long run at the Cadieux Café,” the pair say in a statement. “We feel that John and Paul are the perfect fit to keep our family’s Belgian legacy alive as well as usher in a new generation of traditions that will ensure the Cadieux Café’s place as an East Side mainstay for years to come.”

Howard and Rutherford will take full ownership beginning on New Year’s Day. “We’re looking forward to carrying on the legacy left by the Devos family and those who ran it before them,” the pair said in a statement. In addition to Cliff Bell’s, Howard also co-owns Park Bar, Bronx Bar, and Queens Bar. The bar has been featured everywhere from Eater National to the late host Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations.

Eater is reaching out for more details on the transition. Stay tuned for updates.

All Cadieux Cafe Coverage [ED]
Feather Bowling and Beer: An Evening at Detroit’s Cadieux Cafe [E]
On Detroit’s East Side, the Feather Bowling Tradition Continues [CDET]
All Bars Coverage [ED]

Park Bar

2040 Park Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 962-2933

Queens Bar

35 E. Grand River, Detroit, MI Visit Website

Cliff Bell's

2030 Park Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 961-2543 Visit Website

Cadieux Cafe

4300 Cadieux Road, , MI 48224 (313) 882-8560 Visit Website

Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Avenue, , MI 48201 (313) 832-8464