Lets just say you might want to make that trip to St Pete to get some of that good down home cooking.
I had a chance to visit Sylvia's in St Pete the restaurant is very nice inside and the food was amazing.
In 1962, Sylvia Woods opened the doors of her soul food
restaurant, Sylvia’s, in the heart of Harlem. Since its inception, her business
has grown to become a staple of the community and a hotspot for notable
people. Former President Bill
Clinton, President Barack
Obama and Rev. Al
Sharpton are just a few of the people who have dined at the
famous restaurant. Last year, the “Queen
of Soul Food” lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but her
family has launched a new project in efforts to keep her legacy going.
In November, the Woods family opened the
doors of a new restaurant called “Sylvia’s
Queen of Soul Food” in St. Petersburg, Fla. The eatery, which
serves up many of the same delicious dishes that can be found on the Harlem
menu, is run by Larry and Bettye Newsome of Aracle Foods and other leaders
within the St. Petersburg community.
“The Newsome’s represent the tradition of
family ownership and community empowerment, which has been at the very
foundation of our business philosophy for 51 years,” Kenneth Woods, CEO of
Sylvia’s Restaurant Harlem, told the Florida Courier.
The new restaurant is one of the first steps
in reviving the Manhattan Casino, a storied dancehall in St. Petersburg for
African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. “What better way to build upon
the legacy of the Sylvia’s brand than to open in the historic Manhattan
Casino,” Woods said.