Tuesday, September 25, 2012
☞ REVIVE: Other Harlem Icons to Bring Back
History is an important element here and restaurants like M&G Diner on West 125th would be our top choice. There should probably be a different location to make it a bigger venue but the old neon signs would definitely bring the memories and fans back to this old soul food joint. Sherman's Bar BQ used to be a big chain in Harlem but the last outpost shuttered recently and would be another good option. Reaching further back, we would maybe pick a renaissance eatery such as Tillie's to restore some of the nostalgic romance in the dining scene.
All of the restaurants could incorporate jazz into the mix but what about actual jazz spot? St. Nick's Pub appears to need and investor in a big way and this is the first one to come to mind. Minton's was reportedly opening again with the aid of a major banking executive but that has yet to happen. As far as Renaissance spots go, Small's Paradise and the Savoy could be interesting to bring into modern times but in a more period appropriate fashion than what Cotton Club is today. Lenox Lounge is a great option to have as the next big thing since it already has extensive Art Deco details intact and any new revival will seriously have to spend some money on getting the old aesthetics right. Any other suggestions out their for a good Harlem revival?