More than a year after nearby construction left a crack on the side of the popular music venue, UFO Factory, the bar will reopen Friday night with a weekend of events and celebrations.
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It was August 2017 when construction workers working on a $150 million development near Trumbull and Michigan in Corktown hit the building. Cracks were so deep you could see through to the inside of the bar.
The city of Detroit issued a stop-order on the new development at the time, and UFO Factory was condemned and deemed unsafe to occupy.
At the time of the incident, Soave Real Estate Group and Dion Fischer, the owner of UFO Factory, had been through litigation over land around the bar, and both cases ended in a draw. The owner told 7 Investigator Jim Kiertzner that Soave wanted to buy his bar and move him out and that the latest offer came just a week before the incident.
PROTOMARTYR will open up the bar on Friday night with a show at 9 p.m. Tickets are sold out online but 50 will be available at the door for cash only. The events continue with a show on Saturday, karaoke on Sunday, Prude Boys on Monday, MC50 at Third Man after party on Tuesday and Something Cold returning to the UFO Factory on Halloween.