Where the story came from
Sugar Ray’s was actually a real bar owned by Eddie’s Uncle Ray in Brooklyn. In a video interview with Crazy Al Cayne TV, amidst some trash talking, Uncle Ray explained how he helped with the concept and what the movie did for him.
“I owned a bar in Brooklyn called Sugar Ray’s and I used to tell Eddie the stories about when I ran with the mafia that Donnie Brascoe and all of that. In three weeks, Eddie wrote that movie Harlem Nights. That movie was like real, what really happened back in those days. I’m proud to say that my nephew has immortalized me between the movies and all the people I’ve met in Hollywood. I think it’s the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to somebody who comes from the projects.”