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SPOTLIGHT: Rodney Hardy, Moving Closer to the Action


Rodney Hardy is a familiar face to many who frequent Da Edoardo’s Foxtown Grille before a game at Comerica Park or a show at the Fox Theatre. He’s worked in the restaurant for more than 13 years.

He’s a waiter, a cook, a bartender, a deliveryman and he’s one of those guys that you can talk to for an hour on just about any subject.

One subject he’s heard a lot about lately at the restaurant’s well-appointed tables is the excitement building around all the new developments happening in The District Detroit.

“They’re really building this area up,” said Hardy. “This is the place to be right now and it’s only going to get bigger. The city is just getting more and more vibrant and more and more people want to move out of the suburbs and come back into the city.”

Hardy grew up in Greenville, North Carolina. When he was younger, he took a trip up north to Detroit and liked it so much that he decided to stay. Since then, he’s worked in plenty of restaurants and had plenty of adventures, even once working as a team member of a powerboat racing club.

Right now Hardy lives in Detroit’s far north suburbs but within a few weeks he’ll be moving into the city that captured his heart more than 30 years ago. He says he plans to move into a loft within walking distance of the Fox Theatre.

But he says the real excitement is in what’s happening in The District Detroit today.

“Detroit is coming back bigger than ever,” said Hardy. “Everything goes around 360 degrees. Now Detroit is coming back together. That’s what I like about it.”

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