Some of the answers to the question: “Where are the African-American venues?”, can be found at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration. At Restoration Plaza, you have a choice of venues, including the Billie Holiday Theatre, an outdoor arena, the Skylight Gallery, Fort Greene Senior Center, and traditional community rooms. With on-site parking and 24 hr. security, Restoration is an excellent choice for affairs up to 200 people indoors, and more under a tent on the outdoor arena. Call Ms. Kendra Day at (718) 636-6953.
Other venues include The Lab, Sapodilla Restaurant, Two Steps Down, Sugarhill, Henry House, Akbar Hall, and the Akwaaba House.
Our Time Press would like to list the commercial venues, as well as churches or community rooms that are suitable and available for affairs. If you have such a facility, or know of one or more that give excellent service, give OTP a call at (718) 622-8093.
Caterers, Caterers, Caterers!
Our community has a number of excellent caterers who have track records of excellent service at a variety of venues. If you’re planning an affair, give some of these folks a call and ask for their references. King George Caterers was formerly known as Citiwide One-Stop and has catered countless affairs ranging from intimate parties to lavish banquets. Crystal George renamed the business in memory of her grandfather and founder, Timothy George. Crystal has vowed to carry on the family business, and has moved the business to new storefront facilities and will be offering a takeout menu in the near future. Call Crystal at: (718) 774-8368.
On Myrtle Avenue, Doris and Shimroy Johnson of Sapodilla offer a wonderfully intimate space for small parties, and offer white-glove off-site catering with their menu or yours. Call Doris at (718) 797-1213.
Also on Myrtle, you’ll find the Five Spot Soul Food Restaurant (718) 852-0202 and Sprinkles Caribbean Takeout (718) 399-3085. Both of these establishments have provided platters and trays of food on short notice for family gatherings at the writers home, and we’ve never received anything but compliments.