When Bankhead Seafood closed in early 2018 after more than 50 years in the neighborhood, Render and Harris purchased the property at 1651 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. NW — both having been frequent customers of the longstanding eatery.
In January, when discussing future plans for the restaurant, Render said, "It's been a part of my life as long as I've been on earth.
“If you’re writing a show or a book about Michael Render and his family, (Bankhead Seafood) would definitely be one of the characters,” he said.
Both Render and Harris own several properties in the area. Harris has previously said purchasing Bankhead Seafood was a sentimental move.
"This is a place where it was black-owned, operated … the family could bring $5 and feed three people," Harris told WABE in 2018.