Last night, the Post logged a real-estate transaction, relating the news that chef J.J. Johnson, formerly of the Cecil and Minton’s in Harlem, has signed a lease to open a new, fast-casual restaurant in the neighborhood. In part because of his held-over residency at Chefs Club, the news likely didn’t come as a surprise, but Johnson says the report jumped the gun.
“I just signed the lease nine days ago,” Johnson tells Grub. “I was hoping to announce it on my own terms, to let Harlem know first. No offense to everybody else, but it’s a community-based restaurant that’s being built for the community.”