Harlem Express coming to South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro

by Jeff Sykes

Harlem Express coming to Downtown Greensboro.

If it’s jazz in Greensboro then you know the Boston family is close by.Clarence Boston confirmed to YES! Weekly this afternoon that he plans to open Harlem Express at 310 S. Elm St. next weekend.The Bostons ran a former bistro downtown before selling the business then known as Harlem Bistro. Business faltered for the new owner, Boston said.”The people wanted us to bring it back, but we’re not going to go as intense as we did with the old spot,” Boston said in a telephone interview Wednesday. He said Harlem Express will focus on a limited menu of items popular at the previous spot, including shrimp and grits, catfish, pork belly tacos and lemon pepper salmon.”It’s going to be a great menu,” Boston said. “Not as big as the old menu, but it will be to the point.”Clarence Boston’s father, Michael Boston, runs the popular Boston’s House of Jazz, now located on Arnold Street.The Harlem Express will bring back many of its former staff, including chefs. Danielle Washington will be the operations manager.The location at 310 S. Elm St. is undergoing a remodeling, Boston said, including the addition of a patio for live outdoor music.”We kind of want to do something on Sundays like a jazz brunch,” Boston said. “It’s definitely going to be a hip spot.”A web presence and social media streams are being created, Boston said, but the Harlem Express will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with extended hours on the weekend that will include a late-night menu.Boston said he was excited to become part of the development taking place in the 300 block of South Elm Street.”That block is definitely on the come up with Cheesecake’s by Alex and my neighbor 1618,” Boston said. “We think that’s going to attract a higher income bracket on the block. It’s just a good block.”Boston lives in Charlotte now but says he can see downtown moving in a positive direction.”I have a lot of faith in Downtown Greensboro,” he said.