Report: Aretha Franklin Looking To Open Detroit Venue
August 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM (PT)
ARETHA FRANKLIN, who was born in MEMPHIS, TN, but was moved to DETROIT when she was five years old, told a local radio station she wants to open an entertainment venue in the Motor City that would include a nightclub and fine dining.
The Queen of Soul told CBS RADIO News/Talk WWJ-AM (950 AM) in an interview broadcast yesterday that she's "glad that DETROIT came through the bankruptcy with flying colors," adding she's planning to be part of the city's renaissance.
The singer wants the venue to include "a five-star nightclub for dining and dancing, the band, the whole nine yards," as well as a museum.
Downtown DETROIT has been a hotbed of redevelopment since the city emerged from Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in DECEMBER. FRANKLIN says she's found a potential location downtown. She performs tomorrow night at DETROIT's CHENE PARK.