Richie Notar Says New Lenox Lounge Will Open by Year’s End

Notar. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Nobu managing partner and Harlow owner Richie Notar tells Paper he wants his chums Cyndi Lauper and John Legend to come play shows at his forthcoming reboot of the Lenox Lounge in Harlem, which he describes as a “clubhouse canteen for people who are music-centric” and says will open “by the holidays.” Of the crowd at old-school Harlow, the former Studio 54 busboy says it’s not just a midtown east crowd turning out for $34 branzino with wasabi and hearts of palm gremolata. “If you know me you know I don’t have one genre of friends,” he explains. “Steve Rubell used to say ‘you’ve got to have a mixed salad,’ meaning you want all kinds of interesting people in the room.” [Paper, Earlier]