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      Marquette's Delft Theatre to become new dinner theatre

      The Delft LLC Group has big plans to transform Marquette's historic Delft Theatre into a swanky new dinner theatre.

      "We plan on making it a historical theatre venue with the marquee all refurbished," said Tom Vear.

      The project will get underway once all the funding and grants are approved. That'll go through a chain of command which includes Marquette's Downtown Development Authority.

      Mona Lang of the DDA said they're excited about what the new Delft will bring to the city.

      "It's going to be a major investment; it's $1.6 million project estimated. It's going to create 250 jobs. It'll be a new venue, it'll be a destination, and it's just going to create additional energy and vitality in downtown," said Lang.

      The money will help to take the old, dilapidated theatre and turn it into 7,000 square feet of dining, live entertainment and, of course, movies.

      The Delft will have five levels with the basement, kitchen level, and main dining level. There are special plans to create a rooftop seating area and remodel the upper level balcony.

      The seating, murals and other items from the old Delft Theatre will be cleared out, making room for a new era in downtown Marquette.

      The Delft LLC Group plans to open The Delft in 2014.

      The name of the business will remain The Delft.