Dita Von Teese stopped by Detroit's Willis Show Bar

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Burlesque star Dita Von Teese explored Detroit after her Thursday performance at the Fillmore, stopping by the recently reopened Willis Show Bar for a low-key, late-night unofficial afterparty.

The Michigan native and current Los Angeles resident showed up at the bar with an entourage of her fellow "Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue" co-stars. And while the bar does feature burlesque — as well as live jazz, blues, and DJs — Von Teese and company weren't there to perform, but rather wind down with some post-show cocktails.

After decades of abandonment, the storied Cass Corridor bar officially reopened in April. The project is a partnership between L.A.-based investors and the Detroit Optimist Society, the group behind bars like Sugar House, Wright & Company, the Peterboro, and more. It offers a menu of mostly cocktails, along with an extensive offering of whiskeys, as well as wine and beer. Like Sugar House, the bar is seated-only — reservations on its website are strongly encouraged.

Here's a photo of Willis Show Bar's Sean Patrick with Von Teese and burlesque performer Gia Genevieve.


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Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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