Thursday, February 11, 2010
☞ WALK: The Red Rooster of Harlem
Since we weren't around at the time of the legendary Harlem speakeasy establishments, hearing about The Red Rooster revival as a restaurant by Marcus Samuelsson had us digging for more information on the place. Some sources say that the little club on ACP/7th Avenue, at the southwest corner of 138th Street was around since the early 1900's. The space that was one step down in the ground floor commercial storefront on the outskirts of the Striver's Row nabe was apparently open until the 1980's. Many folks in Harlem used to frequent the spot and among them, Adam Clayton Powell was a particularly well known patron. The top photo shows the corner of 138th Street at 2354 ACP/7th Avenue and the roll-down gated doorway to the far right would have been the entrance to the original The Red Rooster. The second image is a general listing of the lounge in 1963 showing the address. Chef Marcus Samuelsson always admired the wide boulevards of Harlem and its history so maybe he will select a space on ACP for his new incarnation of The Red Rooster. Read about the new restaurant in our previous post: LINK.