Club Detroit reopens near Jannus Live; here's what to expect
When Jeff Knight took control of Jannus Live in 2009, he and his partners aimed to turn the old Detroit Hotel block into a new nightlife hub in St. Petersburg, stretching from the Garden on Central all the way to the Bishop Tavern and Lounge on First Avenue N.
Club Detroit, which officially opens Thursday with a concert by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, is the last big link in that chain. Formerly Vintage Ultra Lounge, the long, narrow club bordering Second Avenue N will once again host live music, marking both a return to form for the venue and St. Pete's best glimpse yet at Knight's ultimate vision for the block.
"There was no doubt that we wanted to create an entertainment district," Knight said. "In order to make this a place where everybody feels safe to come, we've got to invest and take all those dead spaces and turn them into something viable. That was definitely the master plan from Day 1."