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NOVI, MI-The Second City comedy club will be getting a new $7-million home. The Warren-based Andiamo Restaurant Group has entered an agreement with the comedy troupe to build a 25,000-sf venue, to be dubbed Andiamo Second City of Novi.

The two-story location will include a 250-seat theater, a 300-seat banquet hall and a 250-seat bar/restaurant. Second City had been operating a highly popular comedy show in Detroit, in the Hockeytown Cafe on Woodward, since 1993. It was part of a growing entertainment district in the city. That venue closed when the lease expired in March.

In a recent interview with GlobeSt.com, an executive with Olympia Entertainment, which owns and manages Hockeytown, said space could become a boutique concert location, though no plans have been expanded.

Andiamo owns a string of eight upscale restaurants around the Detroit area and is planning a new restaurant in Detroit’s Renaissance Center. The president of Andiamo, Joe Vicari, is also a principal in the Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights.

Vicari opened the flagship Andiamo Italia in Warren in 1989 and added an adjacent 850-seat banquet and entertainment complex in 1994. The Novi site is scheduled to open early next year.

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