While we were all enjoying our Thanksgiving holiday, Harlem’s celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson decided to break news to The New York Times that week about his next restaurant opening in Harlem, which will be where else….but on Harlem’s restaurant row, aka Frederick Douglass Blvd. from 110th Street to 125th. The actual location will be on the southwest corner of 116th Street and FDB–right by Harlem Tavern and Silvana. The name will be Streetbird Rotisserie. His first Harlem establishment is Red Rooster. All the info above was confirmed by his PR rep.
When I learned of this news, the things that came to mind was why not open a place on FDB to begin with? And why open a restaurant there now?
Opening is set for Spring 2015, which in the restaurant business means Summer or Fall 2015!
So much for that diner my readers keep asking for! It ain’t happening.
Why has this one Avenue become so completely oversaturated with restaurants while Lower Lenox is starving for decent regular places to eat… not like the shi shi Cheri with some Haute Table or whatever overpriced nonsense that is… Hell, even East Harlem is getting a Thai restaurant… What the hell is going on with Lower Lenox?