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Soul Food Spot The Pink Tea Cup to Open Branch in Harlem

by Amanda Kludt
Eater NY

Just over a year ago, Village soul food spot The Pink Tea Cup was threatened with extinction, and now it’s expanding to Harlem.

Last year, when the over 50 year-old restaurant closed due to high rents and slow business, local restaurateur and owner of the Actor’s Playhouse Lawrence Page stepped in. He bought the trademark from the owners, hired one of their chefs, and reopened the Tea Cup a couple of blocks away from the original restaurant. Now he’s opening a branch up on Lenox and 120th Street, right across from local favorite Settepani and blocks away from Marcus Samuelsson’s soul food restaurant Red Rooster.

He originally planned on calling the place the Pink Heifer—due to a partnership with charity Heifer International—but the community disapproved, because “Heifer is often used as a derogatory slang term for a woman.” So Pink Tea Cup it is! The restaurant will hold 29 tables and will feature an upstairs lounge that will be open all day. Down the road Page plans on opening a Moroccan-themed bar nearby.

Read more about the new restaurant in Harlem from Eater NY.

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Harlem Couple Offers Low-Cost, Home-Cooked Meals for Local Residents

Ramona Holmes enjoys her lunch break - now known to her as the Jireh Meal - at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. (Photo courtesy of Lombard for Daily News)

BY Michael J. Feeney
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A Harlem couple is offering the best deal in town: home-cooked meals for as little as $3.

Eric and Marilyn Crumbley started selling their affordable and tasty dishes at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. near W. 137th St. in September – and word has spread fast.

The meals have become so popular that next month the couple will open their own restaurant on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at W. 122nd St. They’ve gone from serving just 10 meals a day to nearly 150.

Eric Crumbley, 44, a retired NYPD officer and a former pastor at Harlem Faith Center, started the affordable meals for seniors who were running out of money midway through the month.

“We were serving the seniors, and then we started to notice that everyone was coming in,” said Crumbley, who is the facilities manager at the Salvation Army site.

“It helps with mothers and fathers who really can’t afford a healthy meal to feed their children.”

The $3 meals, known as the Jireh Meal – taken from a biblical name for God – vary from day to day, including chicken parmesan over pasta with garlic bread or baked chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and sweet buttered corn. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Read more from the Daily News.

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