Back from holiday vacation and going through gazillion emails on Harlem. The big Harlem story that happened over the holidays was the continuing saga on Harlem’s Lenox Lounge. Several news outlets reported recently on how the Lenox Lounge brand will continue by moving a few blocks up on Lenox Avenue in Harlem-333 Lenox Ave to be exact. Stories were generated due to Alvin Reed’s peeps releasing a statement on January 3. This blog did receive the full statement Jan 3 while on vacation and wanted to share it in its entity.
Posted in Bars, business, Harlem, history, jazz, Lenox Avenue, Lenox Lounge, music, New York, New York City, NYC, restaurants
Tagged 333 Lenox Avenue, Alvin Reed, Harlem, Lenox Avenue, Lenox Lounge, Notar Jazz Club, Richie Notar
If anyone thinks there is a grain of hope left for Lenox Lounge in Harlem, forget about it! Read the latest article from The NY Daily News. Richie Notar is now publicly speaking about his plans for the vintage Harlem establishment. Notar told Community Board 10 “he does not want to change much.” However, Notar confirms he will change the name to Notar Jazz Club.
By the way, Notar and Alvin Reed crossed paths for the first time according to the article. That had to be interesting.
After reading the article, all I could think about is “what a pity that Notar does not see any value in saving the Lenox Lounge brand?” There are plenty of smart business people who have taken on well-known brands and successfully lifted those brands higher. Say Fiat? Say Izod? How about Puma? Guess Richie Notar is a play-it-safe-kind-of-a-businessman?
The good things coming out of this story is that Notar plans to hire Franco the Great to do a mural and Harlemites will continue to have a jazz club to patron, which won’t be the same only the structure will exist. Buh-humbug.
Posted in 125th Street, art and culture, business, commercial real estate, Harlem, history, Lenox Avenue, Lenox Lounge, New York, New York City, NYC, restaurants
Tagged 10026, 10027, Alvin Reed, Harlem, jazz club, jazz clubs, Lenox Lounge, Photo by HarlemGal, Richie Notar
The days are numbered for Harlem’s famous Lenox Lounge. Grub Street.com double confirms today what Black Enterprise reported yesterday, which was the commercial space will now be rented out to Richie Notar. Also, the NYMag blog reports Robert De Niro is involved. See story below.
That’s it for Lenox Lounge in Harlem. It’s done. Over. Finished. Go there by December 31st to say your goodbyes. That’s the last day Lenox Lounge will be open! May it rest in peace.
Posted in 125th Street, Bars, business, food, Harlem, jazz, Lenox Lounge, restaurants
Tagged Black Enterprise, BlackEnterprise, Grub Street, Harlem, Lenox Lounge, Richie Notar, Robert De Niro
In a news release, Sarku Japan®, the largest Japanese Quick Service Restaurant chain in the U.S., announced yesterday that they opened a store on 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, this past weekend. Harlemites will be able to order from Sarku Japan® Teriyaki and Sushi Express “sizzling teriyaki and made-to-order sushi” that is traditionally found in mall food courts.
As to why Sarku Japan opened a store in Harlem, Harlem Franchisee, Vinny Vig said, “With the rise of Japanese quick service cuisine, I am confident that I’ve made a smart investment and am pleased to be offering the Harlem neighborhood a healthier alternative to traditional fast food.”
To learn more about Sarku Japan, click here.
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Tagged Harlem, 125th street, Food, Sarku Japan® Teriyaki and Sushi Express, Sarku Japan®, fast food, food courts
For those of you that are left of center on social issues, that would mean the Big L for liberal, listen up! Drinking Liberally, a national organization that focuses on “promoting democracy one pint at a time” is launching a Harlem Chapter. And the launch party is tonight (May 16) at Lenox Lounge. Start time is 6 pm! If you are interested, sign up on their Facebook page or go to their national website to learn more.