It first appeared on the uptown scene as a high-end seafood restaurant named Pier 2110. It later found new life when Joe Holland resurrected it as Gospel Uptown. A few months later the name was changed to Uptown Grand. Now in yet another twist of fate, it is Panache Supper Club.
What’s going on? Well, Holland and his family are embattled in nasty law suit by one of their investors. While it hasn’t been publicized that the troubled business has (once again) changed its name, the sign out front sends the message loud and clear. Scaffolding covers the front of the building and a black and white sign hangs out front. The gift shop inside still displays t-shirts and coffee mugs with the orange logo of its past life. The outside signs, now covered by multicolored plywood, also deny it of its new identity.
Online investigations offered no clues as to why the owners decided to suddenly change the name of what was thought to be a thriving entertainment destination in Harlem. Under its original inception as Gospel Uptown it even caught the attention of CNN’s golden boy, Anderson Cooper (watch video). Gospel Uptown is still a live website, as is Uptown Grand. The Facebook page still lists the restaurant as Uptown Grand, but it sports the Panache Supper Club logo.
Are you as confused as we are? What’s going on over there Uptown Grand/Panache Supper Club? What has your experience been at any of the past entities? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.