Sylvia Woods, Matriarch of Famed Harlem Restaurant, Dies at 86 | NBC New York

Sylvia Woods, Matriarch of Famed Harlem Restaurant, Dies at 86

Sylvia Woods, the matriarch of the famed Harlem restaurant that bore her name and a New York City icon, died Thursday at her Westchester home, family members said in a statement.She was 86 and had been battling Alzheimer's disease, her family said.Woods, born in Hemingway, S.C., worked at a restaurant in Harlem for eight years before buying her own restaurant in 1962. The Lenox Avenue restaurant eventually became an institution, attracting a loyal following that ranging from locals to presidents.

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