A restaurant and entertainment venue is in the works for Overtown, planned by a restaurateur credited for sparking a renaissance in Harlem, according to the Miami Times.
Marcus Samuelsson opened the popular Red Rooster in Harlem in 2010. President Obama hosted a fundraiser there in 2011.
Samuelsson’s company is the top-ranked of seven bidders competing to lease the former Clyde Killens Pool Hall at at 920 NW Second Ave. The Overtown CRA, which owns the property, has already started an $850,000 renovation.
The venue proposed by Samuelsson would be a “premier dining and entertainment destination, embracing and inspired by the history of Historic Overtown.” In the 1950s and 60s, Killens hosted entertainers such as Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Patti Labelle and Ella Fitzgerald in Overtown.