My husband came in a few days ago telling me about a story he heard on NPR about the Oak Room closing so a Marriott Elite Lounge could open. I had no idea what he was talking about so I googled it. I discovered that the Oak Room Supper Club was located in the Algonquin Hotel (an Autograph Collection) in New York City and apparently was closing due to reduced business. It was famous for some of the musicians who got their start there (including Harry Connick, Jr.). A Marriott Elite Lounge is indeed opening in the space. The hotel is currently closed for a brief time for remodeling.
very true. I used to be a regular at the Algonquin back in the late mid-to-late 70's. It was a grand place. The oak bar was also famous for literary types that would hold court in the bar. It was quite a place in it's day.... On a lighter note, I am glad to hear that Marriott is putting in a elite lounge. Especially because this is an Autograph Collection property.
I was at the Algonquin, and it was rather "Old Fashioned", but I did like it. The lounge was a "Step back in time", but it was thrilling to be in a famous NYC place.
Thanks for the memories! They remind me of "The Quilted Giraffe", "River Cafe", and that famous place, that was huge in Central Park that shut down, not to long ago. (God help me, I cannot remember the name of that place!)
Yes, it has been gone for some time. My friend was public relations director there, and go me in to all kinds of nice places in NYC. This place was great, and thank-you for reminding me of its name!
Likewise, thanks for the Evansville tips! I posted an answer to your question.