Algonquin Hotel closes legendary Oak Room

February 3, 2012 6:07:34 AM PST
New York City's famous Algonquin Hotel has permanently shuttered the Oak Room, its fabled supper club that helped launch careers of many top-shelf jazz and cabaret stars.

Hotel General Manager Gary Budge says audiences are declining, and the Oak Room will be turned into a lounge for Marriott Reward Elite guests.

The hotel closed on Jan. 1 for renovations and will reopen in the spring.

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.

Stars like Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Michael Feinstein got their start at the Oak Room.

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