Detroit's Joy neighborhood welcomes first full-service restaurant in nearly 20 years

click to enlarge Chef-owner Mashelle Sykes. - COURTESY OF FUSION FLARE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS
Courtesy of Fusion Flare Kitchen & Cocktails
Chef-owner Mashelle Sykes.

A new American and soul food restaurant called Fusion Flare Kitchen & Cocktails is the first full-service restaurant to open in Detroit's west side Joy community in nearly 20 years.

The Free Press reports that the restaurant is the product of owner-chef Mashelle Sykes, who recently graduated from the Oakland Community College culinary program. It's the type of spot that one usually sees opening in the downtown area. However, Sykes wanted to bring something new to the neighborhood, which is bound by Joy, Plymouth, Greenfield and Southfield roads.

"I am excited to share my love of quality food with Detroiters and suburbanites alike while also inspiring new development in this Detroit neighborhood," Sykes said in a statement.

The menu includes plates like fried catfish with a remoulade sauce, grilled pork chops, and buttermilk fried chicken, and different preparations of shrimp, as well as vegan options.

Fusion Flare's brunch service runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m and will offer French toast, chicken and waffles, salmon croquettes and rice, and shrimp or catfish with grits.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to

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