Dwight Henry, made his acting debut in last yearâ€™s Oscar nominated â€śBeasts of the Southern Wild.” Heâ€™ll soon make his Harlem debut when he cooks his New Orleans-style cuisine next door to the jazz club opening in the old Lenox Lounge location.
Henry made a name for himself as a chef and baker with his Buttermilk Drops Bakery and Cafe. The restaurant doubles as a bakery and a cafe, which also offers smoked sausage, catfish and grits, along with other New Orleans style fare.
â€śIâ€™m very excited,â€ť said Henry, who will partner with restaurateur Richard Notar in the enterprise at Lenox Ave. and W. 125th St., next door to the jazz club, Notar is opening in March. â€śThatâ€™s always been a dream of mine, to expand outside of the Louisiana area,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a dream come true.â€ť
According to the Daily News, Henry was on Notarâ€™s radar before his acting debut.
â€śI sent someone down to see what this guy was all about, this by the way was before he was getting all the attention heâ€™s getting for the movie,â€ť Notar explained in an email. â€śHe was flattered I sent someone and came to meet me in N.Y. on his promotional tour for the movie. We hit it off, heâ€™s an amazing guy, soulful with a big heart and a family man.â€ť
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