Owner Eddie Freeman is from Kingston, North Carolina, and is the son of a tobacco farmer. He graduated from high school at the age of 19 and left his 7 siblings, mother, and father, to move to New York to start a new life.
Working 3 jobs at the young age of 24, Eddie was able to send for all of his siblings to join him in New York. He took a job at the U.S. Postal Service and was able to establish great credit with his credit union, which allowed him to purchase his first piece of real estate.
Eddie worked numerous side jobs to buy more real estate. One of those locations became Sugar Hill, which started as a nightclub on November 17, 1979.
He expanded the business years later when the owner of a local hardware-paint store retired and offered to sell Eddie the building next door to the nightclub. He bought, renovated, expanded, and opened it in 1994 as a restaurant along with the nightclub.
Political figures such as Hillary Clinton and former New York City mayor David Dinkins have graced our restaurant. We have also hosted fundraisers for Mrs. Clinton along with current Rotary president Errol Adams and local community Assembly Member Robert Cornegy. We are frequented by hometown sports and entertainment figures such as Brooklyn's own world champion Mark Breland, Zab Judah, and Mike Tyson.
Our longevity and our Southern hospitality set us apart. A lot of people go out of business, change names, or operate under new management. We have stayed the same because our repeat customers have shown us that they love what we are doing here. So, we will continue to serve our guests and serve the community in the manner that you have come to know and love.