Saturday, February 04, 2012
New York City's famous Algonquin Hotel has permanently shuttered the Oak Room, its fabled supper club that helped launch the careers of many jazz and cabaret stars, including Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jr.
Hotel general manager Gary Budge said that audiences are declining, and the Oak Room will be turned into a lounge for Marriott Reward Elite guests.
The Oak Room, a New York landmark as the site of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, became a nightclub for the first time in 1939. It was silenced during World War II, and didn't have live music again regularly until 1980.