Thank goodness for readers and their juicy tips. Those tips can eventually lead to correct facts. For example, look at our post about a Japanese restaurant opening on Frederick Douglass Blvd. The Winery is opening up the Japanese restaurant. Now the latest tip in is how the owner(s) of bier international in Harlem have taken over the commercial space of where Society Cafe use to be. Society was located on the southeast corner of 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd before it closed in 2011.
Apparently the plans for this space on FDB and 114th Street are to keep it as it was, a cafe, where sandwiches and coffee are sold. The other tip is that the place will more than likely be called Cafe Frederick! Not a bad name…right?
Once this new cafe opens, all the commercial space in the Gateway Tower will be filled and another place can be added to the Frederick Douglass Blvd tourist map, a.k.a. restaurant row, which The Daily News reported on recently.
Update: The name of this establishment ended up being named Frederick Cafe Bistro.
Posted in Bars, bier international, business, commercial real estate, drinks, food, Frederick Cafe Bistro Harlem, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, New York, New York City, NYC, real estate, restaurant row, restaurants
Tagged 10026, 2104 Frederick Douglass Blvd., bier international, commercial space, Frederick Cafe Bistro Harlem, Frederick Douglass Blvd., gateway tower, Harlem, japanese restaurant, new restaurants, restaurant row, restaurants, Society Cafe., The Gateway Towers
Readers informed HarlemGal Inc. to check out Society Cafe’s Facebook page pronto! Why? There is an announcement saying they’re closing this weekend! I went to their page and here is what Karl, the owner, wrote informing his friends/patrons.
Society Coffee…One Last Time… (A note from Karl)
“Dear Loyal Guests,
After seven years of serving the best coffee, red velvet waffles, and shrimp & grits in Harlem, I have made the difficult decision to close Society Coffee on Monday, October 10. A pioneer on Frederick Douglass Blvd, Society has been a true labor of love and a place I’ve called home. Over the years I have shared Society with thousands; I’ve watched people meet each other and fall in love, I’ve watched families begin and grow, deals get done, and business plans get written. I’ve watched college students work, friends hang out, and poets write. I’ve met so many great people who have changed and elevated my life.
Rooted in the richness of the Harlem community and the transformation on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Society Coffee leaves with a sense of pride and appreciation to all our friends who made each day unique and flavorful. Society has served its purpose and has set neighborhood standards for a new generation in historic Harlem. We were always very close and involved with the community and it remains in our hearts. 67 Orange Street will continue to operate and serve great cocktails.
I would like to personally thank you for all your support these past years. To show you our appreciation, I would like to cordially invite you to our closing party Monday, October 10 from 5pm-7pm.
Meanwhile, please come by this weekend and enjoy brunch with us or just say hi. Thanks again for seven great years.
Karl Franz Williams
The new nail salon that is opening on Frederick Douglass Blvd between 113th and 114th Street on the eastside of the street has a name! The place will be called Coco! Interesting. Maybe it’s named after that reality show on E!?
Apparently, the owners that are opening up this salon in Harlem are seasoned professionals. This will be their third nail salon in Manhattan. Plans to open Coco Nail Salon are slated for mid-September! So stay tuned.
Posted in business, commercial real estate, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, personal care, spending
Tagged 10026, 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Coco Nail Salon, commercial real estate, commercial space, Express Dry Cleaners, Harlem, nail salon business, new business, Polished Fingertips, Society Cafe., Z Nails
I hate being the messanger of bad news especially since I only like blogging about things positive happening in Harlem. However, I came across some reliable information about the planned yogurt store in Gateway Condominiums, located on Frederick Douglass Blvd. between 113th and 114th. Apparently, the deal for a yogurt place to open in the retail space of 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd. fell through. A credible source tells HarlemGal the business person(s), who is from Westchester County, pulled out recently from plans to rent the commercial space in Central Harlem for a Baby Yogurt store. However, they are the same investor/business person(s) opening up the nail salon next door and those plans appear to be moving forward since construction is actively happening. So as of now, Harlem will not getting another yogurt place, i.e. Baby Yogurt, unless the parties involved reconsider. Total bummer. I was looking forward to that.
Posted in business, commercial real estate, Community, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, New York, New York City, NYC, real estate
Tagged 10026, 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Baby Yogurt, commercial real estate, commercial space, Express Dry Cleaners, Gateway Condominium, nail salon business, new business, Polished Fingertips, real estate, Society Cafe., The Gateway Towers, yogurt business, Z Nails
If you’re drop by Society Cafe at 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. soon, you may notice there is some construction happening next door. That’s where a new nail salon is moving into the retail space near 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., which you first learned about here not too long ago. According to workers on site, they are hammering, painting and nailing away because they’ve been given a deadline to be done in about one month. So stay tuned. We may have a new business opening up soon in this block!
Posted in business, commercial real estate, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, shopping, spending
Tagged 10026, 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Baby Yogurt, commercial space, Express Dry Cleaners, Harlem, nail salon business, new business, Polished Fingertips, Society Cafe., yogurt business, Z Nails
Have you walked by the Gateway Condominiums lately, the condo building located at 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., and noticed how the majority of its retail space on the first floor has been vacant for a while? Well…that block on the eastside of FDB is about to change. Word has it that a yogurt store and a nail salon have signed a long-term lease with the developer who owns the large portion of commercial space, located right next to Society Cafe.
Apparently the leases were signed recently for a yogurt store and nail salon to move in, and work has already begun by dividing up the space for these two new businesses in Harlem. Notice in the photo, there are two separate doors on the commercial space. For the longest time, that commercial space only had one door to enter.
No exact confirmation on the names of each business yet. As soon as I know, I will pass along!
This portion of Frederick Douglass Blvd from left to right will eventually appear and operate as Society Cafe, which most of us know is owned by Karl, then next to Society Cafe will either be the nail salon or the yogurt place. After the nail salon and yogurt place is the lobby of the Gateway Condos. Next to that lobby is vacant space. A Metro PCS use to be there. However, we hear a shoe repair is hoping to move in there. And finishing out the complex is Express Dry Cleaners.
The new yogurt store will join the recently opened Chill Berry at 414 Lenox Avenue. And the nail salon joins stiff competition. There is Polished FingerTips on FDB and 118th, and Z Nail Salon on 116th between FDB and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
Overall, I personally like that these two new businesses will be moving into Harlem. I like eating yogurt and I definitely like getting my nails and feet done. I just wish someone would open a 24 hour diner around this portion of Harlem! Don’t you think so as well?
Posted in business, commercial real estate, Community, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Lenox Avenue, New York, New York City, NYC, real estate
Tagged 10026, 2098 Frederick Douglass Blvd., commercial space, Express Dry Cleaners, nail salon business, new business, Polished Fingertips, Society Cafe., yogurt business, Z Nails
Jun 20, 2011 @ 7:57
On June 21, look around in Harlem. You may hear music everywhere. Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) and its HP2P businesses are taking part in Make Music New York, the citywide free live musical celebration on Tuesday, June 21st.
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., participating Harlem Park to Park businesses will become impromptu outdoor stages offering live musical performances and some select specials. A complete list of business are listed below.
Posted in art and culture, baking, Bars, business, Community, entertainment, Events, Frederick Douglass Blvd., Free!, Harlem, Harlem Tavern, Lenox Avenue, music, New York, New York City, NYC, real estate, restaurant row, restaurants, shopping
Tagged 67 Orange, Aloft Hotel, bier international, bikram yoga east harlem, Chez Lucienne, Harlem, Harlem Flo, Harlem Park to Park, Land Yoga, Levain Bakery, Nectar Wine Bar, Slyvia's Also, Society Cafe.
Jun 13, 2011 @ 11:05
If you have been wondering when Land Yoga will open on Frederick Douglass Blvd., it is happening this week. On June 16th, the will have a soft opening, but not without thinking of others. Land Yoga will be donating $1 for each student who comes to practice to Odanadi, a non-profit which helps fight against Human Trafficking. Society Coffee is joining Land Yoga to raise money for this great cause. So if you’re around this coming Thursday morning, stop by Society Cafe or Land Yoga. They are both located on or near the corner of West 114th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Om!
Posted in art and culture, business, Community, education, Events, Harlem, health and wellness, New York, New York City, NYC
Tagged 2116 Frederick Douglass blvd., Harlem, health and wellness, Land Yoga, Society Cafe.
Apr 15, 2011 @ 7:15
Several Harlemites have $20.11 posted on their Facebook or WeHarlem pages and it’s not a reminder of the current year. It’s locals reminding us through social networks that it is restaurant and retail month right here in Harlem. From April 15 to May 15, select local businesses are offering special deals. If you’re wondering who is participating, see the complete list below.
Last year, I went to Chez Lucienne and enjoyed the meal and deal very much. I wonder where I should dine this year for this occasion?
And a big thanks to Harlem Park to Park, who is once again leading this effort to promote all the wonderful retail businesses we have right here in Harlem.
67 ORANGE STREET 2082 Eighth Avenue
BIER INTERNATIONAL 2099 Eighth Avenue
CHEZ LUCIENNE 308 Lenox Avenue
CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT 2223 Eighth Avenue
GRAN PIATTO D’ORO 1429 Fifth Avenue
LIDO HARLEM 2168 Eighth Avenue
MOCA LOUNGE 2210 Eighth Avenue
NATIVE RESTAURANT 101 W. 118th Street
NECTAR WINE BAR 2235 Eighth Avenue
RED ROOSTER HARLEM 310 Lenox Avenue
RISTORANTE SETTEPANI 196 Lenox Avenue
SOCIETY COFFEE 2104 Eighth Avenue
SYLVIA’S RESTAURANT 328 Lenox Avenue
BIKRAM YOGA EAST HARLEM 4 E. 116th Street
FRANZ JAMES FLORAL BOUTIQUE 2114 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO ATELIER 2292 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM FLO BOUTIQUE 2276 Eighth Avenue
HARLEM VINTAGE 2235 Eighth Avenue
LEVAIN BAKERY 2167 Eighth Avenue
MODSQUAD CYCLES 2119 Eighth Avenue
Posted in Bars, business, Community, Events, Harlem, New York, New York City, NYC, restaurant row, restaurants
Tagged 67 Orange, bier international, bikram yoga, Chez Lucienne, Chocolat, dining out, Franz James Floral Boutique, Gran Piatto D'Oro, Harlem Flo, Harlem Park to Park, Harlem Vintage, Levain Bakery, Lido Italian Restaurant and Bar, Moca Lounge, Native's Restaurant, Nectar Wine Bar, Red Rooster, ristorante settepani, shopping, Slyvia's, Society Cafe.
Sep 24, 2010 @ 6:00
Frederick Douglass Blvd. street sign
Frederick Douglass Blvd is in the news again! Some entities are clearly getting it that FDB from 110th Street to 125th Street is the place to be! DNAinfo.com and The New York Times have recently filed stories about FDB and how it’s experiencing a boom in drinking and eating establishments. These articles even mention the buzz words “restaurant row.” Hmm…sounds familiar?
Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Circa 2008)
On September 23, DNAinfo wrote about the booming restaurant and bar business along FDB. It was a good story. They introduced us to new information about what the Livmor is up to with their commercial space. However, I was wondering why they left out other notable places, such as Mojo, Billie’s Black Bar, Questan’s and Cafe Amrita? Amrita is at the base of 110th and FDB. Mojo and Billie’s are technically on 119th Street, they are less than a block away from FDB and Mojo and Questan’s opened for business in the last five years. I think all these venues deserved a mention in DNAinfo and The Times. Also, why not mention the proposed Cupcake Suite opening on FDB, Aloft Hotel or the rumored Busboys and Poets coming to Harlem? I guess there is so much action happening on or near FDB, it is a challenge for these news outlets to keep track!
Frederick Douglass Blvd. today
In addition, I noticed that both publications did not mention much about vacant commercial space. What are The Douglass and Gateway Condominiums planning for their commercial space? I would bet that they are aggressively trying to sell their space. I hear Society Cafe is interested in expanding their space right next door once Gateway finishes their construction. If that ends up being true, that would be great for them. They appear to have outgrown their current space.
Overall, it is awesome media coverage for Harlem once again. I love it! Out of the two articles, I will end with my favorite quote from Chris Pollok, co-owner of bier international. “My sense is that this [Frederick Douglass Blvd.] is going to be the Restaurant Row of Harlem.” I will drink to that, Chris! Strawberry beer, please!
Posted in business, Community, Harlem, restaurant row, restaurants
Tagged Aloft Hotel, bier international, Billie's Black Bar, Busboys and Poets, Cafe Amrita, Chris Pollok, Cupca, DNAinfo.com, Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Gateway Condominium, Harlem, HarlemGal, Mojo, Photos by HarlemGal, restaurant row, Society Cafe., The Douglass Condominium, The New York Times