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Citing ongoing construction as well as other factors, Caribbean-soul restaurant River Bistro has closed. 

Opened by accomplished chef and Detroit native Maxcel Hardy two years ago, the tiny neighborhood restaurant scaled service back last summer to serve only during peak dining hours. 

“Regretfully, and after sincere thought and consideration, we’ve decided to set our sights on new goals,” said Hardy in a press release issued Friday afternoon. He thanked the Grandmont-Rosedale community where River Bistro made its home. This was the first restaurant Hardy opened upon moving back to Detroit after a successful run in Florida and New York as a chef to famous celebrities, dignitaries and athletes. 

Hardy, who was recently featured in a New York Times article titled "16 Black Chefs Changing Food in America," and his Hardy Hospitality Group still has a Detroit restaurant; his fried chicken concept Coop Caribbean Fusion is inside the food hall Detroit Shipping Company in the Cass Corridor. 

With the closing of River Bistro, Hardy has more time to focus on what is next. 

 “We've come to realize that we need to focus our efforts on other endeavors and open up the possibility to present new, exciting ideas in the food space,” he said in a statement. “We’re excited about what’s on the horizon and hope to offer River Bistro patrons another opportunity for unique food experiences in the city soon. In the meantime, I invite them to join us at Coop for the great Caribbean food they've come to love."

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