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Aretha Franklin wants to open Detroit entertainment venue including nightclub, fine dining

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DETROIT — Aretha Franklin says she wants to open a Detroit entertainment venue that would include a nightclub and fine dining.

The Queen of Soul tells WWJ-AM (http://cbsloc.al/1LmQoJD ) in an interview broadcast Thursday that she's "glad that Detroit came through the bankruptcy with flying colors." She says she loves how Detroit is enjoying a renaissance and that she's "going to be part of that renaissance."

PHOTO: FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs in concert at The Patricia and Arthur Model Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore. Franklin, during an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 says she wants to open a Detroit entertainment venue that would include a nightclub and fine dining. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs in concert at The Patricia and Arthur Model Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore. Franklin, during an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 says she wants to open a Detroit entertainment venue that would include a nightclub and fine dining. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

The singer says the venue would include "a five-star night club 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, with details to be announced later. She performs Saturday at Detroit's Chene Park.


Information from: WWJ-AM, http://www.wwj.com

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