DETROIT (WWJ) – A dynamic trio; two sisters and a cousin are the three young Africa American women behind the $50 million development on Woodward in Midtown Detroit.

Stephanie and Cristina Byrd and their cousin Leslie Byrd have opened the Grill Midtown Restaurant, restored the Garden Theatre next door and next up an apartment building on the block.

The Grille Midtown.

The Grille Midtown.

Stephanie is the marketing professional – she is inspired by the mom-in-chief (Michelle Obama) at the White House.

“First Lady Michelle Obama, she is confident, intelligent and uplifting. Most importantly she has shown us that her focus is service and that makes her a great role model. And I aspire to do the same,” said Stephanie Byrd.

“Madame C.J.Walker,” said Cristina. “She was the first woman millionaire and as a businesswoman that is very inspiring for someone to have that kind of drive and determination, especially in her time.”

Leslie was impacted by a unique time in Black American History: “The Harlem Renaissance is an era or a movement in the black culture that inspired me.”

WWJ Newsradio 950 celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our local young African American professionals and their heroes – you can hear these reports throughout the day: 6:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 3:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m.


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