The distinguished RoofTop Roller Skating Rink and Disco was located right under the 155th Street bridge in Harlem, NYC. It had two sides: One side was the skating rink where you could skate or you could just chill, sit and stand around and converse by the front door watching the skaters skate on. The other side was the restaurant where you could sit down, do your thing, and enjoy one of Willie’s famous burgers and fries. There were also delicious home-baked cakes by Mrs. Sara (my mother) and her sister Carrie who ran the kitchen at the famous RoofTop.
Above the RoofTop Roller Skating Rink was a studio called RoofTop Records. RoofTop Records was designed and built by Willie for an up-and-coming producer that you all know and love by the name of Teddy Riley. Willie took Teddy under his wing and raised him as a son, bought Teddy’s first keyboard and all of his music equipment for the studio at RoofTop Records. This allowed Willie to keep him off the cold streets of Harlem, build his craft, and to focus on his music career as a producer.