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Palm Steakhouse Closes Tonight for First Remodeling in Almost 90 Years

The original location of the NYC classic is closing for its first major overhaul since the restaurant opened its doors in 1926.

Nick Solares

The original outpost of Palm, the nearly century old steakhouse still owned and operated by members of the Bozzi and Ganzi families that founded it, will close its doors tonight for a remodeling expected to last eight months. It will be the first major closure of the restaurant since it opened in 1926. While critical acclaim for the restaurant has waned (it once held four stars from the Times), the Palm has nonetheless opened numerous branches across the city and the globe over the years. But the original location at 837 Second Avenue has always been unique, in part due to the hand-painted caricatures adorning the walls, which date back almost to the restaurant's inception.

While there are plenty of faces still familiar to us today – including J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Kissinger, and Jackie Gleason, among others – most have slipped into obscurity. While the restaurant has claimed that there won't be any major changes, it is extending its bar, which will likely impact at least some of the paintings. Regular patrons, many of whom are immortalized on the restaurants walls, recently received a letter detailing the renovations from the management. The Times interviews one such regular, who worries that his visage will disappear. Removing caricatures is not entirely unprecedented: when Palm relocated in Los Angeles, the celebrities that adorned the walls at the old location did not make the trip. But that location hardly had the historical significance of the original, where the loss of any old artwork might cause a stir. There are still tables available for dinner tonight on OpenTable if you want to get a last look at the place before it closes.