Sherman's Barbecue, a 60 year-old Harlem ribs joint and a favorite in the neighborhood that once hosted the Beatles, may close forever if the owner doesn't find a way to raise at least $15,000 to pay off Health Department fines. Back in the 1940s, the restaurant had five locations, each selling nine items, and the owner Sherman Hibbitt was known as the mayor of Harlem. Visiting dignitaries, including presidents and musicians, were known to make pilgrimages.
But a devastating Health Dept. inspection in August closed the restaurant—now there is just one take out only location—and the current owner, Hibbitt's daughter, feels trapped because she can't make money without reopening, but she can't reopen until she pays off the DOH. Meanwhile the back rent and utility bills are piling up.
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