Gage & Tollner
Historic Preservation & Fine Dining
Originally opening its doors in 1879 and moving to its final location just one year prior to the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, Gage & Tollner boasts an amazingly rich history as part of its astonishing longevity. Officially awarded its exterior landmark status in 1973, it is without question one of the oldest restaurants in the New York region.
AOF and its interior design/food service consultants were selected because of their ability to prove that the large-scale upgrades could be done both authentically and economically. Paint chips were analyzed to determine dating, chemical make-up and how far the “clock would be turning back” with regards to color, texture and finish. AOF was able to refurbish the original gaslights. The lacquered cherry wood trim was faithfully reproduced. Gold Lincrusta Walton faux leather wall coverings and brocaded velvet panels were custom-made to replace and replicate damaged panels. A new element that was handcrafted to seamlessly merge with the rooms classic-epoch look was a fifteen foot long mahogany + marble topped bar. Outside the brownstone facade was steam cleaned with the wooden storefront painted to approximate its original Charleston-brown color.
In 2003, Partners, Mark Searage and Raymond Caliendo, were awarded the prestigious Archi Award for outstanding achievements in architectural design. They took top honors in the category of Historic Preservation and Adaptive Re-Use for their exemplary work on the circa 1882 Fulton Street Restaurant.