By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
FULTON MALL â€” The hot pink material and wall panels installed by the new tenant of the landmarked former Gage & Tollner restaurant space on Fulton Mall may have to come off, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC).
â€śWe inspected the site last week, determined the changes were made without LPC approval and issued a warning letter,â€ť said Elisabeth de Bourbon, LPC press secretary.
The letter says the owner must obtain a permit for the work or face a violation and potential fines, according to de Bourbon.
â€śThe owner has 20 days to respond to the letter before we issue a notice of violation,â€ť she told the Eagle yesterday.
First reported in The Brooklyn Paper and on Brownstoner.com, the new tenant, a discount jewelry store called Ladies & Gents, had added track lighting and the wall panels to give the space a more modern feel, but the original bar, gas lamps and revolving front door remain intact.
According to its website, Ladies & Gents is a tri-state chain that sells fashion items to customers looking for glitzy, but affordable, merchandise.
â€śWeâ€™re expecting to do well here,â€ť Efi Shalev, assistant manager, told The Brooklyn Paper. â€śSo far itâ€™s been good.â€ť
The jewelry shop is the most recent incarnation of the historic restaurantâ€™s home.
As the Eagle has reported, itâ€™s seen a T.G.I. Fridayâ€™s come and go and, most recently, an Arbyâ€™s roast beef, whose designers worked diligently with the LPC to come up with acceptable changes to the interior.
Some shoppers and area residents said they were shocked at the transformation, but commercial real estate brokers say itâ€™s all about finding a tenant.
â€śAnd getting the rent,â€ť one broker said.
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