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Ken's Lounge, 1960's
Sometime in the 60's The Miami became Kens Lounge, not
a classy or a nice place.
The back room that later became the music area was originally a
house. When Cass became commercial, a storefront was built onto the front. Many other
corridor buildings were like this, including HoHo's on 2nd. Anyway,
the house part burned down.
The ruble was dumped into the basement and a flat roof was put on
top of the surviving exterior walls. This was a separate space and
at one time a machine shop operated there. Most likely from the 50s
on it was vacant.
Ken was a very sleazy guy and his bar attracted a bad crowd. Many of
the people who hung out at The West Detroiter on Woodward and The
Golden Ducat on 3rd were also regulars there. There were several
violent murders in Ken's. When I went in to check it out in 1976 to
see what I might be in for the barmaids were turning tricks on
mattresses laid out on the old machine shop floor in back. While I was there a
pimp came in and dragged one of the girls out from behind the bar
and beat her up, much to the delight of the crowd.
Here are some of the Ken's Lounge
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