Alvin Reed, who owned the Lenox Lounge for 26 years before it shuttered at the end of 2012, is finally getting ready to reopen his iconic jazz club a couple of blocks away from the original. He's been planning this return since the day the Lenox Lounge closed, but was held up by a legal battle with his former landlord, Ricky Edmonds, who is suing Reed for $50 million for stripping the bar of its iconic Art Deco fixtures.
That legal battle is ongoing, but Reed, who retained the rights to the name and trademark, plans to install the original bar, sign, and furniture in the new space. He also plans to recreate the legendary Zebra Room when he begins construction in April. He and his new partner Dean Schomburg hope to be open by summer. Meanwhile a representative for Richie Notar tells the Daily News he is still "working diligently" to open his Notar Jazz Club in the original Lenox Lounge space. At last report he was hoping for a spring opening, but it may be longer than that.
· Harlem's Famed Lenox Lounge is Slate to Reopen Two Blocks North [NYDN]
· All Coverage of Lenox Lounge [~ENY~]
[The original Lenox Lounge by Bess Adler]