Harlem jazz supper club MINTON'S will be taking the summer off for renovations, regrouping, and rebirth.
The historic music venue that once hosted seminal talents including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker, among others, will reopen later this year with a new management arrangement between existing owners Richard Parsons / Harlem Jazz Enterprises LLC and fellow Harlem restaurateur Raphael Benavides' Arts In Common.
Furthermore, also opening in 2017 under this new partnership will be a rejuvenated version of next door neighbor and sibling establishment The Cecil to be called THE CECIL STEAKHOUSE. The full-service dining establishment will operate in tandem with MINTON'S much like how The Cecil did prior to its closure in December 2016.
Upon reopening, MINTON'S will continue to honor both the history of jazz music and its contemporary practitioners with regular live performances by well-established performers and fresh young players alike.
After five proud years in the kitchen at these two critically-acclaimed establishments, Executive Chef Joseph "JJ" Johnson will depart in July to devote time to the imminent arrival of twin babies with his wife as well as focus on future culinary ventures. More information on the latter projects will be made available at a later date.
The final MINTON'S dinner service of the 2017 summer season took place on Sunday July 02 with a live performance by our Sunday residents CNOTE as part of their Singer Meets Saxophonist series.