Sylvia’s Is Expanding in Harlem

Woods, who died in July, at the 40th anniversary of her restaurant in 2002. Photo: Stuart Ramson/AP

The Post reports that in honor of its 50th birthday, Harlem soul-food institution Sylvia's "will build out in phases" and ultimately pretty much occupy the entire stretch of Lenox Avenue between 126th and 127th Streets. Sylvia Woods, who founded the restaurant in 1962 with a few counter seats, died in July. Renovations will include the conversion of a parking lot into an annex with 200 more seats. "The new facility will be beautiful," Sylvia's granddaughter Tren’ness Woods-Black tells the paper. "It will maintain Sylvia’s Southern charm but with a modern, sleek twist. You will still feel the comfort, Southern soul food vibe." [NYP, Earlier]