A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 06, 2005
Queen of Soul Food (Sylvia’s)
Sylvia's restaurant at 328 Lenox Avenue (127th Street) has become a Harlem institution. It was started in 1962 by Sylvia Woods (1926-2012). Sylvia's has used the trademarked slogan "The Queen of Soul Food."


Wikipedia: Sylvia Woods
Sylvia Woods (February 2, 1926 – July 19, 2012) was an American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City with her husband, Herbert Woods, in 1962. The soul food eatery is a popular gathering place for Harlem residents and tourists not far from the Apollo Theater.

Sylvia's Soul Food -- About Sylvia's
ABOUT SYLVIA'S
Sylvia's Restaurant of Harlem, located at 328 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, is owned by the Woods family which consists of Herbert and Sylvia Woods, their four children - Van, Bedelia, Kenneth, Crizette and a third generation of grandchildren.

The entire family and a great group of employees have worked together to make Sylvia's a world famous African-American owned business.

Sylvia's is where you can actually meet people of many nationalities and cultures from around the world.

Sylvia's Restaurant of Harlem was established in 1962 with a seating capacity of 35 people. Today, Sylvia's occupies most of a city block with a seating capacity of 450 people.

The restaurant, catering and banquet facilities are managed by Herbert, Sylvia, Bedelia, Kenneth and Crizette, their faithful Manager and family friend, Clarence Cooper and a host of great staff some of whom have been with Sylvia's for man years.

Sylvia's son, Van Woods, has led the family on an aggressive expansion since the early 1980s with the acquisition and development of real estate for the expansion of Sylvia's Restaurant.

In 1992, Van launched a line of Sylvia's Soulfood products. The line consists of Sylvia's world famous all-purpose sauces, pre-seasoned vegetables, spices, syrup, cornbread and pancake mixes and several other items. Sylvia's packaged food is distributed nationally.

4 January 1984, New York (NY) Times, "Eating in Harlem: Places That Serve 'Down Home' Food" by Bryan Miller, pg. C1:
The undisputed star among them is Sylvia's "Queen of Soul Food" Restaurant at 328 Lenox Avenue, between 126th and 127th Streets. On a recent Friday night the two dining rooms were overflowing with customers from all over the city and beyond, most of them lured by Sylvia's reknowned barbecued pork ribs, which are served on Friday and Saturday. The reputation of this dish, served with semihot sauce, has lured such rib-craving luminaries as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Nina Simone, James Brown, Walter Mondale and Pierre Cardin.

10 May 1985, New York (NY) Times, "Restaurants: Old and the New" by Bryan Miller, pg. C22:
Sylvia's, under Sylvia Woods, "The Queen of Soul Food," has garnered a reputation as the Lutece of the collard green set, This friendly and bustling Harlem landmark attracts devotees of Sylvia's braised short ribs, oxtail, cornbread and out-of-this-world sweet potato pie.

(Trademark)
Word Mark SYLVIA'S RESTAURANT QUEEN OF SOUL FOOD
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 029. US 046. G & S: seasonings and food preparations; namely, sauces and barbecue sauces. FIRST USE: 19920612. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19920612
(CANCELLED) IC 042. US 100. G & S: restaurant services. FIRST USE: 19620800. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19620800
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 020324 081105 090301 110101 260302 261120 270305
Serial Number 74300280
Filing Date July 30, 1992
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition October 18, 1994
Registration Number 1872642
Registration Date January 10, 1995
Owner (REGISTRANT) Sylvia Woods, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 328 Lenox Avenue New York NEW YORK 10027
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record Robert C. Faber
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "RESTAURANT" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date January 19, 2002

(Trademark)
Word Mark QUEEN OF SOUL FOOD
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: seasonings and food preparations; namely, sauces and barbecue sauces. FIRST USE: 19920612. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19920612
IC 042. US 100. G & S: restaurant services. FIRST USE: 19620800. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19620800
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 74304904
Filing Date August 14, 1992
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition January 12, 1993
Registration Number 1763121
Registration Date April 6, 1993
Owner (REGISTRANT) Sylvia Woods, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 328 Lenox Avenue New York NEW YORK 10027
(LAST LISTED OWNER) SYLVIA WOODS FOOD COMPANY, LLC LTD LIAB CO NEW YORK 332 LENOX AVE NEW YORK NEW YORK 10027
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record RAYMOND A KURZ
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20040624.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20040624
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
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New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Tuesday, September 06, 2005 • Permalink