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One of Detroit’s most anticipated restaurant openings this spring may be a familiar name: the Caucus Club.

Restaurateur George Sboukis is leasing the space at 150 W. Congress in the Penobscot Building and announced Thursday his plans to reopen as the Caucus Club in May.

One of the city’s most renowned restaurants for decades, the Caucus Club closed after 60 years of business in 2012, just as the downtown restaurant scene was starting to show signs of life.

While women weren’t allowed into the club until the 1970s, the Caucus Club was actually owned by a woman, Mary Belloni, in its later years and up until it closed. London Chop House owners Les and Sam Gruber initially opened the Caucus Club in the ’50s to serve overflow from the Chop House across the street.

Sboukis, formerly of Louis’ Chop House in Chesterfield, is working with Scott Shuptrine Interiors to redesign the 170-seat restaurant with an Art Deco feel.

Although a chef or bar manager has not been named yet, Sboukis said in a press release that the menu will be “complementary” to what the London Chop House does, with lighter dishes at lunch and seafood, steaks and chops for dinner.

The Caucus Club had many famous guests throughout the years and was a popular hangout for some of the city’s most well-known attorneys, but the most famous visitor may be an up-and-coming singer named Barbra Streisand. She performed there in the early 1960s.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will have a large bar, a stage and, of course, craft and classic cocktails.

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