Sylvia Woods | Restaurant founder, 86

Posted: July 20, 2012

Sylvia Woods, 86, founder of the famed Harlem soul food restaurant Sylvia's has died.

Tren'ness Woods-Black, her granddaughter, said Mrs. Woods died Thursday at her home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. She had been dealing with Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Woods and her husband, Herbert, who died in 2001, started Sylvia's Restaurant in 1962. The restaurant became a fixture, with tourists and locals going there for cornbread, ribs, collard greens, and other Southern cooking staples.

Woods-Black said her grandmother had stepped down from running the restaurant when she was 80, leaving it in the hands of her children and grandchildren. - AP

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