"It might be a square peg in a round hole, but there must be a solution that evokes it better," said Landmarks Preservation Chairman Robert Tierney at yesterday's hearing on Arby's proposed design for the interior landmarked space at 374 Fulton Street that used to house the historic Gage & Tollner restaurant. A majority (six) of the LPC commissioners voted to send the Arby's team back to the drawing board, taking particular exception to their plans for a light-colored floor and the size and structure of the booths and ordering counter; in addition, the commissioners didn't care for the proposed removal of a portion of the mirrored arcade and the addition of certain illuminated signs. Clearly the franchisee who wants to make this work is going to have to break further away from the standard Arby's aesthetic and "look at something more customized," in the words of Commissioner Roberta Washington.
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