The famous Manhattan Casino situated at 642, 22nd St. S. is going to welcome the opening of Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant on its first floor in the beginning of 2013. It has been confirmed by Mayor Bill Foster according to whom, the restaurant will be constructed by Urband Development Solutions after getting authorization by the City Council on 26th July, 2012. The cuisine and community events will be held on second floor of the casino. Around 22 jobs will be produced by the restaurant. The active participation of the management team of Sylvia and that of St. Petersburg location is required by the charter.
Sylvia Woods, the owner of Sylvia’s restaurant launched the original restaurant in Harlem, New York in 1962 which has become popular worldwide for its southern home cooking and is now commemorating its 50th year. A chain of Sylvia’s food products spread across the nation, a real estate firm, two cookbooks plus a full catering service facility are also owned by Sylvia during all these years. Woods has won many awards and has been showcased on a number of TV shows as well as magazines including The BBC Network, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Food Network, Japan TV, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Elle Magazine and The New York Times, Newsweek, Ebony Magazine etc.
Foster is enthusiastic about the opening of Sylvia’s Restaurant at St. Petersburg as it will refresh the Manhattan Casino and the passage of 22nd St. Also it will give a boost to the Midtown Economic Development Program. According to Larry Newsome, CEO of UDS, Sylvia’s restaurant will enhance the harmony between assorted restaurants already existent at the city and will be a wonderful accomplishment for the Manhattan Casino as well.
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