This late 1950's advertisement for two pound lobsters at the former Gage and Tollner restaurant at 374 Fulton Street features none other than President Dwight D. Eisenhower. No idea if "Ike" ever dined at the famous eatery, or if he ordered lobster, but it makes for a great ad.
The gas-lit landmark restaurant opened at the Fulton Street location in 1892 and stayed open under various owners. In 2004, Gage and Tollner finally closed for business under then owner Joe Chirico.
It subsequently became a short-lived TGI Fridays and, for just one year, an Arby's. Thankfully, the Landmark's Commission designated this famous restaurant a landmark, so that its interior has been preserved.
I only ate at the restaurant once in the early 1990's, shortly before it closed for good. It was Thanksgiving and my kids were still very small. I do remember them being mightily impressed by the 36 flickering gas lights.
Do you have any memories of the place that you would like to share with everyone?