Richard Notar said his new restaurant will have unpretentious food and rooftop dining.
The conference is part of Harlem's growth in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Lenox Lounge owner Alvin Reed illegally stripped down the historic site, his landlord claims.
The historic neighborhood does not have its share of historic designations, advocates say.
The famous lounge hosted Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and James Baldwin.
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