Monday, February 4, 2013

Wells Supper Club

Before Harlem native Herb Hudson owner of  Rosco's made Chicken and Waffles made the combination popular on the West Coast, he was inspired by Wells Supper Club restaurant. Wells is a landmark in Harlem New York, opened in 1938 by Ann and Joseph T. Wells, The Wells Supper Club quickly became Harlems hottest and most popular spot to visit. Harlem's Rennassaince artist and figures frequent the restaurant after late nights of clubbing at The Cotton Club, The Apollo Theater, Savoy and The Harlem Club. The Wells started out with only 3 boots, and 5 stools, eventually having 250- seat restaurant. The Wells Club quickly became the place to be seen after a night of late night club hopping! Wells Supper Club, offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The idea for Chicken and Waffles came about, when wells would have fried chicken left over from dinner service. Seeing the opportunity to boost sales, and reduced food waste, Wells started offering a late night, early morning menu featuring savory fried chicken, paired with delicious fluffy waffles. The combination became a hugh hit, and other restaurants followed. Sadly the Wells Supper Club closed its doors in June 2012 after serving Harlem's Greatest for 74 years.

1 comment:

  1. So in essence Herb Hudson's inspiration was fueled by the Wells Supper Club. Did Herb Hudson work with Joseph Wells or was he just a customer?