Aretha Franklin wants to open Detroit venue

Associated Press

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 in an interview broadcast Thursday she’s “glad that Detroit came through the bankruptcy with flying colors.” She says she loves that Detroit is enjoying a renaissance now and she’s “going to be part of that renaissance.”

The singer says the venue would include “a five-star nightclub for dining and dancing, the band, the whole nine yards” as well as a museum.

Detroit emerged from Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in December and its downtown has been a hotbed of redevelopment efforts.

Franklin says she’s looked downtown and found a potential location, with details to be announced later. She performs Saturday at Detroit’s Chene Park.