The legendary Oak Room restaurant in New York’s famed Plaza Hotel has class, prestige and an army of conservators to preserve and defend its historical significance. Balancing the needs of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the desire to revamp the 100-year-old locale into a space that would attract a modern clientele was no easy feat. But the challenge was met head-on by Joey Allaham, managing partner of the Oak Room and Oak Bar. Last fall, the ...

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