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Detroit sisters ready to expand Floods Bar, The Block, Garden Theater

Detroit resident Deirdre Jackson enters Flood's Bar and Grille in Detroit on Thursday, March 2, 2023. "It has been a staple throughout its existence," said Jackson, who has been a customer for 40 years.

Stephanie Byrd and Cristina Byrd may share the same surname and are co-owners of the family business – a common room full of generations. But how they got to this point couldn’t be more different.

Her father, Michael Byrd, is also a co-owner of Flood’s Bar & Grille, The Block and The Garden Theater in Detroit. But after 40 years, he is stepping down while his daughters helm the show.

Cristina Byrd started in the restaurant business at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of her father who bought Flood’s Bar & Grille in 1988.

Stephanie Byrd was on a different career path. When she was young, she counted change and did other chores in the restaurant. But then she moved to Washington, DC for college and continued to live there to work in the marketing industry. She returned home 10 years ago to help continue the family’s vision after realizing the empire her family was building.


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