Society Confidential: Temple Detroit to feature hotel, residential, nightclubs, more

The Detroit News
, Ellena Gatzaros, Lenny Kravitz and Christos Moisides at the future site of the Temple Detroit Hotel.

While a few thousand Metro Detroiters were lucky enough to secure great seats for the Lenny Kravitz concert recently at the Fox Theatre, Christos Moisides and his wife, Ellena Gatzaros, managed to exclusively snag the iconic rocker’s attention for two to three hours prior to the show. Christos, a local entertainment mogul and entrepreneur, is not only friends with Kravitz, they’re business partners. Simply put, Christos and partners (developer Byzantine Holdings and David Sutherland) are opening a fabulous new boutique hotel in Cass Corridor and Kravitz’ interior design company will decorate the interiors. The hotel will be called Temple Detroit and will offer 100 hotel rooms, 70 residential units and a restaurant and nightclub venues. Moisides, Gatzaros and Kravitz took a private tour of the site (located at 640 Temple) before heading over to Kravitz’ sold out concert at the Fox. “We’re very excited about this project,” says Moisides. “and Lenny is over the moon. He loves Detroit. He has a lot of history here.” Temple Detroit is expected to open in June 2020.

Lauren Beck competes on SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment  ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ex-Michigan resident one formidable 'Survivor' 

Detroiters will be rooting for a particular contestant on “Survivor” this season when former Michiganian Lauren Beck competes for the million-dollar prize. Beck, who is 28 and moved to L.A. when she was 17, is a nanny and has a degree in journalism. Her mother, Lisa Weldon, and Beck’s six sisters relocated as well. When asked what prompted the move to the West Coast, she was quoted on saying, “I was born in California, and my real dad lived in L.A. Every summer, I’d come back and visit. Growing up in the suburbs of Michigan wasn’t the best experience for a girl like me. I got to come to California, where people were so accepting, loving, and open. They embraced me for who I am, blackness included. When I graduated high school at 17, I was like, “Peace, I’m out.” Beck is confident about winning the game. She’s been a “Survivor” fan since she was 11. “This is a game,” she said. “I’m playing to win. So I’m not going to sit here and think, “What are they thinking about me?” I’m going to do whatever steps are necessary to win.” Beck went to high school at Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, (singer Madonna’s alma mater). “Survivor: Island of the Idols” premieres on Sept. 25 with a special 90-minute premiere on CBS. Good luck, Lauren!

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