Black Banana

The Black Banana (formerly La Banane Noire) was a nightclub in Philadelphia.


The Black Banana began in 1971 as "La Banane Noire," an ice cream parlor and restaurant located at 534 South 4th Street, Philadelphia.[1]

In the late-1970s, it moved to 3rd and Race Street and became a members-only club ("The Crusaders Community Club").[2]

DJs such as Josh Wink, Robbie Tronco, King Britt, Cosmo Baker, Dj Dozia, Jeff Gross (DJ Rush), Michael Sweeney, Richie Rosati, Willyum, Stango, Suzi Miller and her Bananettes performed at the nightclub, as well as video artists such as Nick London, Nick and Gigi Meoli, Toni Thomas, and uber Philly It-Girl, Kim Kelly.[citation needed]

The Black Banana suffered a devastating fire in 1991.[citation needed]

The club's founder, Garrick Melmeck died in 1991. The nightclub closed in 1998.[citation needed]

The building now houses Wexler Fine Arts Gallery.


  1. ^ Hanke, Robert (1989). "La Banane Noire". Public Culture. 1 (2): 86–90. doi:10.1215/08992363-1-2-86.
  2. ^ London, Nick (11 January 2011). "The Black Banana Reunion: Memories of the Vagabond Years". Philadelphia magazine. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

Coordinates: 39°57′14″N 75°08′42″W / 39.95389°N 75.14496°W / 39.95389; -75.14496