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Soul Food Restaurant Jezebel’s Owner Dies at 84


Alberta Wright, the owner of Jezebel, which brought soul food with panache to Manhattan’s theater district and helped make sophisticated variations of Southern dishes a culinary trend, died on Friday in the Bronx. She was 84.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Alberta opened Jezebel in 1983, and designed what became an airy, yet intimate fabulously romantic dining spot in the center of Hell’s Kitchen, adjacent to the bustling theater district. Complete with 15 glowing chandeliers and almost as many “courting swings” for which to sit on while dining, Jezebel is a true taste of the South right here in Manhattan.

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