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Landmarked Gage and Tollner Site Could Get New Restaurant, Landlord Says

By Alexandra Leon | November 29, 2016 8:48am
 The landmarked former site of famed restaurant Gage and Tollner is now for rent.
The landmarked former site of famed restaurant Gage and Tollner is now for rent.
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The owner of an historic Fulton Street building once home to the famed Gage and Tollner steakhouse said he has gotten interest from a handful of new restaurant operators to take over the ground-floor space.

The landmarked site at 372 Fulton St. has been for rent for a few weeks, and landlord Joe Jemal said he has already heard from some prospective restaurateurs. 

While Jemal did not go into detail about the prospective tenants, he said he would rent the space to a new eatery “if we have the right restaurant operating.”

Jemal and his family, who purchased the building for $2.8 million in 2004, have been pitching to upscale restaurants in the last year, Eater first reported in April.

The most recent tenant to take residence in the space, a discount jewelry store, was evicted Nov. 14, according to signs posted on the building’s windows. The building still has signs from another prior tenant: Arby's.

The jewelry store operators could not be reached for comment.

The space still boasts Gage and Tollner’s grand dining room — featuring glass chandeliers, engraved walls and a mahogany bar — which was the first restaurant interior to be landmarked in 1975, according to Eater.

The steakhouse first opened in 1879, but closed in 2004 after Fulton Street became a pedestrian mall, according to the Wall Street Journal.