Sad day for fans of smooth jazz crooners: When the current cat-displacing renovations at The Algonquin Hotel are over, one of the famed hotel's many famous features will not be coming back. No, we aren't talking about the round table. According to a hotel spokesman, "The once popular cabaret Oak Room will close to make room for an expanded Blue Bar which will still serve up its classic Dirty Martinis and Manhattans."
At least one of the room's more well-known features, its wall of Al Hirschfield drawings, won't be going anywhere—they'll just now be lining the Blue Bar.
Though it had seen better days, the Algonquin's Oak Room has been an important part of the city's jazz and cabaret scene for most of its 35 years in the hotel. It will be missed. On the bright side...at least Matilda The Cat is coming back soon!