A few months ago, there were rumors that several big-name restaurateurs were scoping out Harlem's famed Lenox Lounge. Today the Daily News reports that the club's owner, Al Reed, will not be renewing the lease when it's up in June, although he hopes to still be involved with the next iteration of the venue. Reed notes: "I'm not going to sell the name...If they want to use Lenox Lounge, they will have to negotiate with me. I brought it back and I want to see it stay there."
Reed says that Red Rooster chef/owner Marcus Samuelsson and Pink Tea Cup owner Lawrence Page have both expressed interest in the space, as well as one of Robert De Niro's business partners and someone who wants to turn it into a rock club. In its early years, the Lenox Lounge hosted artists like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane.
· Lenox Lounge Could be on Last Set [NYDN via Harlem Gal]
· Is Marcus Samuelsson Eying Harlem's Lenox Lounge? [~ENY~]