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Gage and Tollner was once the fanciest restaurant in the city — but now its landmarked dining room is home to a discount jewelery store.

Ladies & Gents opened on Sunday in the former Fulton Mall restaurant, between Jay Street and Red Hook Lane, the latest location for a tri-state chain that sells fashion items to customers looking for glitzy, but affordable, merchandise.

“We’re expecting to do well here,” said Assistant Manager Efi Shalev. “So far it’s been good.”

The shop’s opening is part of the ongoing transformation of a once-fabled location, which housed the fish and chophouse from 1892 until its untimely demise in 2004 led to a rebirth as a short-lived T.G.I. Friday’s and an Arby’s.

The roast-beef-and-curly-fries hotspot lasted just seven months, closing last August.

The ground-floor store remained shuttered for nearly one year, most likely because the site is so difficult to rent because its interior — which features cherry wood paneling, ornate gas lamps and a marble-topped bar — is landmarked.

Ladies & Gents has added track lighting and wall panels to give the space a more modern feel, but the original bar, lamps and revolving door remain intact.

Shoppers were stunned at the transformation.

“They set it up well,” said Vanessa Castro, a nurse from Bushwick. “The prices are pretty good, too.”

But others lamented the change, saying it destroyed a piece of the borough’s history.

“It’s sad,” said Toby Nemiroff, a Cobble Hill resident who frequented Gage and Tollner as a girl. “The restaurant was an experience.”

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VoiceOfTruth from William's Burg says:
DoBro and the fulton street mall will always be a ghetto paradise, but on the plus side, it is the beeper capital of the world.

I don't care how many wanna-be yuppies move into The Torens and rental buildings nearby, that area will always cater to the fast food and sneaker crowd.
July 19, 2011, 10:49 am
Red Hook Moxie from Red Hook says:
What a travesty
July 19, 2011, 12:57 pm
Eazy D from Sheepshead Bay says:
The best thing about this story is Michelle!
July 19, 2011, 11:24 pm
Icare ??? from bklyn heights says:
i wish i had a dollar everytime i hear the N word and MF this MF that when will it ever stop ????????
July 20, 2011, 9:27 pm
Josef from downtown says:
1. BK resident since '05, downtown since early '09, and I've never heard of Gage and Tollner. More background would have been nice. What'd I miss out on?

2. I concur with Eazy D w/r/t Ms. Ascazubi. Good gracious.

3. VoiceofTruth - your point is?
July 21, 2011, 2:12 pm

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