Detroit Restaurateur’s Empire Shrivels Under Legal Troubles

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Detroit –Two downtown hotspots — the Detroit Fish Market and Detroit’s Breakfast House & Grill — will close today, following a lawsuit alleging their owner tried to “defraud” the city and owes $180,000 in back rent.

Restaurateur Frank Taylor announced the closures Monday, after the Downtown Development Authority filed suit Friday and moved to evict the Detroit Fish Market. The agency, which owns the building, charged rent based on his profits and accused him of “manipulation” by transferring money from the restaurant to other ventures, including his now-bankrupt Seldom Blues.

The Fish Market was open Monday, and a manager told The Detroit News about 4:30 p.m. that he had heard nothing of the closing. The Breakfast House filed for bankruptcy last year.

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