For Londel Davis, owner of Londel’s Supper Club, the success of the restaurant is the fulfillment of his lifelong dream of making a tangible contribution to the community where he spent his boyhood and youth. Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 139th and 140th streets, home of Londel’s restaurant, was not a tranquil middle-class haven when Mr. Davis was growing up in Harlem.
Despite this difficult environment, Mr. Davis credits his mother for instilling the traditional values and strong work ethic that have guided him in every endeavor that he has pursued. Mr. Davis began his career as a New York City Police Officer, where he held a variety of positions and received numerous citations and medals for meritorious performance.
Mr. Davis retired in 1981. In 1983 Mr. Davis launched his first entrepreneurial venture, Deli Heaven, which taught him the basics of the restaurant business. After closing Deli Heaven, Mr. Davis became proprietor of the Neighborhood Barber Shop, which operated for 11 years. During this period, Mr. Davis began to sense that Harlem would benefit from an “upscale” restaurant offering greater variety, and appealing to the increasingly diverse palate of African-American professionals, as well as the general market.