Chef, cookbook author and TV personality Marcus Samuelsson will open a restaurant at the long-vacant 1901 Hahne’s building in Newark in 2017. The name and concept of the restaurant have not been determined. Samuelsson, who received international attention when he was executive chef of Aquavit in Midtown Manhattan—and later wrote a best-selling autobiography, Yes, Chef—owns Red Rooster and Streetbird, both in Harlem.
In announcing the deal, Samuselsson said he was fascinated by Newark’s potential. He explained that his interest in reviving African-American communities through restaurants—the soul of his Harlem projects—is something he intends to put into practice in Newark as well. The giant Hahne’s building will also house the first Whole Foods in Newark, an arts incubator for Rutgers Newark, community spaces, apartments and retail stores.
“I’m always fascinated with historically African-American communities that are all going through a journey of transformation,” Samuselsson told the Wall Street Journal.Click here to leave a comment