Tributary in Detroit-Shoreway Has Closed


  • Vince Grzegorek/Scene
Tributary, the cocktail bar at West 53rd and Detroit that opened in the former Bruno Cassiano Gallery space in the summer of 2018, closed last week.

Operator John Burens, a former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court bailiff, had hoped to build a cocktail bar that also served the neighborhood bar crowd in the area between bustling Gordon Square and Hingetown/Ohio City.

Despite a handsome interior design and the recent addition of live music, it never did quite find its niche.

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