Restaurant & Entertainment Venue Proposed In Overtown By Owner Of Harlem’s Red Rooster

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.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Overtown could use destination venues like this.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Agreed.

Gables
5 years ago

Amazing news! Samuelsson has been very successful. I hope this happens.

Anonymous
5 years ago

fantastic proposal for an area that screams for just this thing…..really hope to be a customer in the near future….

marc
5 years ago

Good spot with the development already going up across the street there.

Miami Expat
5 years ago

Could be a great move to bring more people (and their spending to support more businesses and jobs) into Overtown in a way that doesn’t wipe out the heritage of the area. To be clear though, Red Rooster did not spark a Harlem Renaissance, it was just highly visible on the front end of it (even though I’m sure they’re happy to take any credit people throw their way). Current real estate pressures and poor policy decisions in New York being what they are, gentrification in Harlem was inevitable, and not catalyzed by ONE restaurant. Doesn’t have to happen that way, but it’s unfortunately it’s where the city is right now.

rupert murdoch
5 years ago

lol wtf is the miami times? never heard of it.

Anonymous
5 years ago

If memory serves, The Miami Times, is the African American community’s newspaper.

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

It is one of the oldest newspapers in Miami.

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

This just reeks of public dollars going down the drain. The City gave $1,000,000.00 to the barbecue restaurant on NW 8 street at the i95 exit for “renovations”. Pigs at the trough of public money.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Because large scale developers don’t get tax breaks & handouts…ever.

PhilP
5 years ago

Until they stop the heroin and crack addicts from Downtown going to Overtown to buy drugs and get their high there, Overtown will not be a welcoming area.

marc
5 years ago

Yeah, just like the drug dens over in Brickell and south of fifth are still going strong right?

Anonymous
5 years ago

You social justice warriors always try to compare but you fail miserably at it. You can’t compare brickell or south beach to overtown. You’re using the comparison fallacy.

Anonymous
5 years ago

That’s not a logical fallacy…

But please use your flawless logic to prove that Overtown is somehow completely immune to the possibility of gentrification.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Anyone who lives in Miami and has visited Overtown would know that the crack/heroin problem is still very real and that addressing it should be prioritized. These developers are not heros, they’re opportunists.

Oscar
5 years ago

Yeah, downtown Miami is filled with heroin and crack addicts. I’ll make sure to consult PhilP whenever I need a comment from 1986.