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

Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 02:09 PM

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.

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

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  1. Berheenia RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 02:21 PM

    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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      9lives RE: Berheenia Mar 20, 2011 02:35 PM

      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.

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        phelana RE: Berheenia Mar 20, 2011 02:42 PM

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

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        Jenny Ondioline RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 02:40 PM

        Quilty or Humbert?

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          L2k RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 21, 2011 06:15 AM

          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. StriperGuy RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 03:04 PM

          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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            digga RE: StriperGuy Mar 20, 2011 04:00 PM

            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.

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              9lives RE: digga Mar 20, 2011 04:08 PM

              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..:(

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              treb RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2011 08:48 AM

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

            3. Unfoodie RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 04:22 PM

              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. MC Slim JB RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 05:07 PM

                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?

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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

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                  Unfoodie RE: MC Slim JB Mar 20, 2011 05:56 PM

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

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                  treb RE: Unfoodie Mar 20, 2011 05:11 PM

                  Like the food, new make-up needed.

                  1. hiddenboston RE: Unfoodie Mar 21, 2011 02:06 PM

                    From Grub Street:
                    http://boston.grubstreet.com/2011/03/...

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                      hiddenboston RE: Alcachofa Mar 22, 2011 06:59 AM

                      Yes? You were saying? :-)

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                        MC Slim JB RE: hiddenboston Mar 22, 2011 07:43 AM

                        Per the Grub Street story, the Oak Room is denying the Lolita rumor, but I have separate confirmation from an industry source that the rumor is true.

                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                        RichardinJP RE: Unfoodie Mar 22, 2011 03:04 AM

                        It will be very sad if this rehab causes the bar and restaurant to lose its old world charm. What some people see as stuffy, others, myself included, see as civilized. I fear another spot which will be welcoming to the jean clad, cell toting crowd.

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                          scotty27 RE: Unfoodie Mar 22, 2011 07:37 AM

                          Kind of a shame, isn't it? That an LA based chain tequila driven restaurant is taking over the space?

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                            citylvr RE: scotty27 Mar 22, 2011 08:54 AM

                            agree...freshening up or rehab doesn't have to mean trashing the style and character of a place.

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                            tamerlanenj RE: Unfoodie Mar 22, 2011 10:44 AM

                            I, too, hope it maintains its essential Oak Room-ness. At least it's different from the generic luxe steakhouses that dominate downtown/Back Bay.

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                              hazelhurst RE: tamerlanenj Mar 22, 2011 10:55 AM

                              I be sorry to see the clubby feel go, too. I "inherited" the Oak Bar and Locke-Ober from my father who'd enjoyed them in the 1940's/50's..seems like Old Standbys close up more often nowadays. but I gather L-O is going to be open again in a week or two so that's good news. Now if we could get the bleacher tickets at Fenway down to a reasonable price....

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                              Locke-Ober
                              3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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                                StriperGuy RE: tamerlanenj Mar 22, 2011 11:03 AM

                                Totally agree! Just get rid of that carpet, PLEASE.

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                                  hazelhurst RE: StriperGuy Mar 22, 2011 12:27 PM

                                  You remind me of Oscar Wilde's line on his deathbed--"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."

                              2. aadesmd RE: Unfoodie Mar 26, 2011 10:41 PM

                                I have been to the Oak Room on multiple occasions, and found it not at all "stuffy". There is a certain formality, but I think it comes from the decor and not the staff, who are delightful. I am quite disappointed. I think they have, or had, the best chateaubriand in Boston.

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

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                                  MC Slim JB RE: aadesmd Mar 26, 2011 10:55 PM

                                  I guess I tend to agree, but who else does Chateaubriand for two in Boston? That's sort of emblematic of what will be lost when it goes away. I haven't ordered that dish in years -- I don't really dig tenderloin -- but I would be sorry to see it disappear. The romance of tableside service for two is something we'll miss when it's gone, and the kids will only know as a grandpa story. Sad.

                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                    trueblu RE: MC Slim JB Mar 27, 2011 02:15 PM

                                    Agreed -- chateaubriand is not my favourite cut, but it will be sad if the oak room were to disappear. I've always found the service to be superb, and perhaps the carpet is a bit dated, but what it needs is a refurb, not a redo! I for one like that certain establishment retain a sense of formality, which need not, as mentioned, mean stuffy.

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