The Summit Street District was a vibrant area of African-American businesses. It included the Lyric Theatre, whose building housed Holmes Ice Cream Parlor on the north side and Holmes Drug Store on the south side. North of the theatre was Holmes Pool Shack and Holmes Chicken Shack. Both places were used as meeting places of Movement workers.
This area included the Desoto Hotel, which housed a thriving restaurant and bar. Another club and restaurant that marked that era was the Ritz. The north end of the district ended with the Elk’s Rest, which was originally the Harlem Nightingale. This establishment had entertainers such as Cab Calloway. It had matinees on Saturday for children and adult entertainment in the evenings.