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Mar 20, 2011 02:09 PM

The Oak Room will be taken over by the Lolita folks.

Thankfully the stuffy old Oak Room will close for a matter of months and be rehabbed by the folks behind Lolita. It'll happen within the next year.

Oak Room
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. Both dining room and bar? I love the bar room! Agree the dining room is stuffy but no not the bar room!

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    1. re: Berheenia

      I love the Oak Bar too. Hopefully it will be preserved and retain it's old Boston charm. First Locke Ober and now the Oak Bar. Not good news.

      1. re: Berheenia

        I love it the way it is..oakey and dark and old world charm...

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          Took the words . . . I mean, I've been at a hotel where there was a convention of folks in animal costumes, but THIS might have been illegal!

        2. Was there two weeks ago, the upholstery and the carpet was shot, and there was an off smell.

          The pianist was sad.

          The place needs some serious freshening up! Anything will be an improvement.

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            We were there last night, before a wedding reception at BPL. I have to agree with Striper - the room could use some freshening. For some reason, they were jammed yesterday, early evening. Our waiter, a gruff, but great old-timer, was amazed at how busy they were at that hour. The high prices and strains on service made it tough for the out-of-towners to appreciate the room. Honestly, I look forward to the update.

            1. re: digga

              I haven't been for a few years but I'll believe you and SG. Shame that a "Boston institution" should be allowed to sink into such disrepair. I have a fondness for MX restaurant but I have to say I'm saddened at their decline; but biz is biz..:(

            2. re: StriperGuy

              Like the King's clothes? a bit naked??

            3. The only reason Locke-Ober and Oak Room had survived the recent years is because of old money being spent on celebratory evenings.

              What other places like this need a rehab?

              1. So, is it the restaurant operators of Lolita who are taking it over? Is it going to be another upscale, gringo-fied Mexican concept with a nightclubby feel there, too?

                Or is it just the design team that did the Back Bay Lolita space, and does that mean we can expect more Gothic Bordello Mexican?

                Are they replacing the Oak Room, the Oak Bar, or both?


                Oak Room
                138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  It's going to stay a steak house with the same operators of Lolita. Both the room and the bar.