The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency voted last week to begin negotiations with the Marcus Samuelsson Development Group to develop a restaurant and entertainment venue.
Samuelsson was the top ranked proposal to redevelop the Clyde Killens Pool Hall property at 920 Northwest Second Avenue. His company’s Red Rooster restaurant is credited for helping to spark a turnaround in Harlem.
The proposal includes the ground floor being used as the main dining space, with a supper club and entertainment venue on the second floor. A roof deck, balconies, and bar and lounge area will also be used for entertainment programming, with collaboration with local institutions such as the Perez Art Museum.
Should the CRA fail to come to an agreement with Samuelsson, they are authorized to negotiate with the second-ranked bidder, Crescendo Jazz and Blues Restaurant and Lounge.