April 5, 2004

Gage & Tollner Transforms to T.G.I. Friday's

POST #    916

Looks like T.G.I. Friday's is in the process of transforming Gage & Tollner's storefront already. They have a huge banner up and signage on the building already.

Gage & Tollner just closed in February and in the beginning of March, it was announced that T.G.I. Friday's was taking up the space. I wonder how long it will take to remove all signs of the classic restaurant.

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 10:30 AM



This is literally ill.

Posted by: Jen at April 5, 2004 10:40 AM

I saw that walking through Hootchie Mamma Central (aka Fulton Mall Street) and nearly hurled on the spot.

I'll miss G&T a lot. We only went once a year or so but I loved that place. Their lobster tail stuffed with crab meat was divine.

Posted by: Jo at April 5, 2004 1:43 PM

that's a sacrilege. :(

Posted by: jeannette at April 6, 2004 8:57 AM

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who was disgusted by thew new tenant.

"Hootchie Mamma Central" -- classic. I'll have to remember that.

Posted by: Marc H. at April 11, 2004 11:25 AM

What a sick ,disgusting thing to see!!!!!!I suppose the bastards are going to wreck the beutiful interior as well by putting 50 year old licence plates,repro 30s movie posters and the countless other bits of crapola that litter these damn restaurants.GO TO HELL FRIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: robert warren at May 29, 2004 8:16 PM

I haven't been back in almost 30 years. I went to high school and college in the area, and would rather remember it as it was in the old days. "Hootchie Mamma Central" tells me all I need to know.

Posted by: Paul D. at May 8, 2007 8:53 AM

"Hoochie Momma Central"? I'm confused??? I didn't like the change either, and think that it's quite sad how these historic places are 'done away with' in order to "make room" for the progress that's headed our way (Horn & Hardart, etc.).
Altough, I'd never had the chance to go there, I often wonder why the Mayor, Governor, or some other higher-up can't (or won't) step in to stop some of what's going on, as far as the closing of some of these establishments? Might part of the reason for the 'closings' be the high price of real estate, not only in New York City, but around the world as well? If so, what about 'alternatives' to keep them open by using other options?
Lastly, the 'food establishments' are not the only 'closings' that have left me baffled. I've seen about 4 former horse and carriage 'buildings' that could very well be 'saved' (and thoroughly cleaned, and remodeled to their 'former' states), and perhaps turned into eateries too. Then again, guess the city isn't interested in doing things like that though.

Posted by: Bea K at July 1, 2008 1:45 PM

Then again - isn't Arby's there now? If TGIF made you "hurl," what will Arby's do to your system now?!

Posted by: Bill at April 4, 2010 9:49 PM

I do miss Gage & Tollner but I had hope when I saw signs up that it was going to become an Amy Ruth's southern style restaurant. What happened???

Posted by: Tanya Ridley at August 27, 2010 12:51 PM

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