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The Rev. George Steven Barnes III, wearing the hat, orders chicken sandwiches in January 2002 from Gregory Bowers at the Sno-Peak, an all night drive-up that has been in business on 22nd Street S and Fairfield Avenue since 1953. The Manhattan Casino, where renowned African-American entertainers performed for 40 years, is just across the street from the Sno-Peak. Barnes says he remembers clearly meeting Sarah Vaughan at the casino when he was 9 years old. “She said to me, ‘Little boy, help me with this suitcase.’ ” Barnes grew up in Harlem and Jordan Park and says he saw Little Richard at both places. The Sno-Peak has been in the Bowers family since it opened. It is still open six nights a week --- 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., with Monday nights off. It used to be famous for its ice cream, but now it’s known for its fried chicken, including gizzards.

[Times photo: Jamie Frances]

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