Lenox Social has barely opened, but the fledgling bar at the corner of West 126th Street ……and Lenox Avenue is already in a tussle with a neighborhood heavyweight—over its name.
Harlem’s Lenox Lounge, an establishment that has been in the ‘hood for 73 years, sent “representatives” to the bar to inform the newcomers that using the name Lenox Social “constituted trademark infringement,” according to a neighborhood source.
Rather than going through the rounds in court, Lenox Social is throwing in the towel. “We have no interest in being adversarial. We decided to change [the name] and make it easy for all,” said owner and Harlem resident Anahi Angelone.
The bar and restaurant, which had a soft launch in mid-March, is legally reviewing all new moniker ideas to avoid another spat, said Ms. Angelone, adding that it will host a name-unveiling party in about a week.
Lenox Lounge could not be reached for comment. But the joint is having its own problems. Owner Al Reed told the Daily News last month that he cannot afford to renew his lease when it expires in June. The rent will rise to $20,000 a month.