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Topic - Gloria Dawson
It's a balmy March evening just before the official arrival of spring, and a few diners are already happily venturing to the small tables outside Red Rooster, chef Marcus Samuelsson's eatery on Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem.
Seldom noted in the spate of music-industry obituaries these days is the imperiled fate of big recording studios. In June, Sony Music Studios joined its Manhattan neighbor the Hit Factory, Cello Studios in Los Angeles and the Alabama soul sanctuary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios on a growing list of legendary recording spaces that have shuttered in the past two years.
"It's a great thing for the neighborhood, because he's such a big name," says Gloria Dawson, a graduate student at Columbia University who blogs about Harlem restaurants. "And the best thing is that this will encourage other people to take risks, and open other places in Harlem."
Dawson says she's a particular fan of the fried yard bird (that's chicken) and the shrimp-and-grits dish.