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Nov 10, 2008 01:20 PM

Harlem Restaurants Closing or Moving

Just wanted to give a quick update about several Harlem restaurants that have been affected by the economic downturn. There are unconfirmed rumors about a few other places that I won't write about until they have been confirmed.

Baton Rouge -closed end of October and reportedly will reopen under new management.

MoBay (sister restaurant to Baton Rouge) has filed chapter 11 and will restructure, but will remain open as long as possible,

Manna on 125th and 8th Avenue is moving one block up between 126th and 127th Streets.

Charles Southern Kitchen - Seized by City Marshall end of October.

Sugarhill Java Cafe closed earlier this year.

Those are all I can think of right now but it seems I am forgetting one or two. Any know of others?

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    1. look up article that appeared in New York Times about a month ago. try googling harlem restos closing or something luck that good luck.

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      1. re: PAULSCOHEN

        add Charles" Southern Kitchen to your expanding list.

        1. re: PAULSCOHEN

          Are there more than 1 Charles' Southern Kitchens because Uptownflavor mentions it fourth on his list.

      2. We'd like to ask that everyone keep this thread focused on information about the status of restaurants in Harlem. Discussion of the current economy and the reasons for restaurant closures in general is off topic for a local board.

        We'd also ask that everyone follow the lead of Uptownflavor and use restraint when mentioning restaurants that may be closing. It can be damaging to a business to have the rumour started that they might close, so please post only if you know they have closed or have verification that they definitely will.

        1. Oh look! The Times wrote the same thing a day later - coincidence?

            1. re: foodacious


              Mobay is still open!
              I also forgot to mention M&G Diner closed last year (?)
              Amy Ruth's filed for Chapter 11 but will remain open. Also original owner Carl Redding has opened a take out place a few blocks away.
              Manna on 8th Avenue is still under construction
              There is word of new restos coming to the area so maybe it is a trade off?