Legendary But Long Shuttered Downtown Brooklyn Restaurant Gage & Tollner Plans March Debut

The restaurant in February. Photo by Susan De Vries

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The highly anticipated reboot of storied Downtown Brooklyn restaurant Gage & Tollner is set to open its doors in March. The target date was revealed in an invitation to a series of previews that will start later this month.

In the works for several years, the updated chophouse is helmed by Ben Schneider, Sohui Kim, and St. John Frizell, veterans of Red Hook restaurant The Good Fork and bar Fort Defiance.

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The entrance getting painted in November 2019

Located at 372 Fulton Street, the restaurant operated from 1892 to 2004 and was designated an interior landmark in 1975. It still has its original gas and electric chandeliers and other historic fittings. Since it closed in 2004, the space has had a number of tenants, including TGI Fridays, an Arby’s and a discount jewelry store.

The restaurant is a symbol of Brooklyn’s changing fortunes not unlike the Dodgers, and news of its possible comeback has been greeted with elation from longtime Brooklyn residents.

The newly painted sign

[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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