Why the Cecil — One of New York’s Most Celebrated Restaurants — Will Close

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Chef Johnson will shift his attention to nearby Minton’s.Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!

In 1974, a fire burned down the Hotel Cecil in Harlem — home to legendary jazz club Minton’s Playhouse. Thirty-nine years later, in 2013, businessman Richard Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls opened two businesses in

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