Historic Brooklyn Restaurant Gage & Tollner Finally Returns In All Its Old School Glory

by Stephanie Maida · March 3, 2021

    Who knew "G&T" stood for more than just one old school classic? 

    As iconic as a Gin and Tonic, but perhaps even more beloved, is Gage and Tollner, the historic eatery which held court in Downtown Brooklyn for well over a century before shuttering in 2004. Now, after subsequent turns as a T.G.I. Friday’s and Arby’s (shiver), the landmarked location has finally been restored to its former glory - and its original name. 

    The storied institution, named for restaurateurs Charles Gage and Eugene Tollner, first opened in 1879, moving to its present location on Fulton Street in 1892. For decades the spot was a go-to for special occasions, filled with opulent Victorian interiors and renowned for its steaks, oysters, and famous clientele (including the likes of Mae West, Jimmy Durante, and members of the Brooklyn Dodgers).

    In 2018, when leading hospitality trio St. John Frizell, Ben Schneider, and Sohui Kim set out to raise money for the restaurant's revival, the space was last used as a discount clothing and jewelry store, smack dab in the middle of a busy shopping strip. Following their successful crowdfunding campaign, the team began a years-long renovation project, which was supposed to culminate in a grand debut in March 2020. Well, we all know what happened next, and its opening was delayed.

    Finally, a year later, Gage and Tollner is officially back. While, for now, their offerings are relegated to takeout and delivery, diners can eventually enjoy the sprawling dining room which seats over 100 people, private party rooms, and a tropical cocktail bar called the Sunken Harbor Club on the second floor. Until then, order in full meal kits, tiki cocktails, and a range of Asian-inspired bar bites. And don't forget to get your most glamorous going-out look ready for when you can visit the place in person.

    [Photo via Gage & Tollner]