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New Owners Reviving Downtown's Shuttered Caucus Club

The restaurant is slated to reopen in May.

The Caucus Club is located at the base of the Penobscot in downtown Detroit.
The Caucus Club is located at the base of the Penobscot in downtown Detroit.
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Shuttered Detroit landmark the Caucus Club is receiving a London Chophouse-style revival. DBusiness reports that George Sboukis, part-owner of Louis' Chop House in Chesterfield Township has leased the restaurant where Barbra Streisand once sang and plans to bring it back to its former glory.

The interior of the 170-seat eatery is being revamped Art Deco decor by Scott Shuptine Interiors with "dark wood floor, back bar, stage, and columns" and bright upholstered seating. The bar will focus on cocktails that Sboukis says "harken back to the history and glory days of the Caucus Club." This presumably means diners can expect the return of The Bullshot (beef broth, vodka, and spice) and the Tom and Jerry (brandy and rum with meringue). Menus will be lighter during the lunch hour and transition into more chop house-style surf and turf entrees in the evening such as steaks and chops.

Located in the Penobscot Building, the Caucus Club operated for 60 years before it closed its doors in 2012. According to The Detroit Free Press, then-owner Mary Belloni attributed the shutter to rising rents in the Penobscot, though trends towards more casual, modern restaurants were also likely a factor. The new iteration is expected to debut in May.

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