After the underwhelming number pulled on the Hotel Bel Air last year, and the removal of the BH Hotel tennis courts the year before that, we aren’t terribly optimistic about ideas coming from the Dorchester camp. The New York Times now reports that the Polo Lounge is next to get a face-lift. Here is what interior designer Adam Tihany, hired for the job, will do:
- ‘The lighting is awful — we’ll change all that.’
- New carpeting is on the way.
- Updated upholstery for the booths, ‘perhaps in a slightly different shade’.
- We will “maintain the shabby-glamorous feel” of the Polo Lounge.
Here is what he will NOT do:
- ‘Add rhinestones to the piano.’
- ‘Put down white shag carpeting.’
- Banana-leaf wallpaper will be left intact.
- Signature white and green stripes are protected.
- The hunter green walls will stay.
A long list of power players and BHH royalty are quoted throughout the article expressing alarm or support of the sacred bar’s potential fate.
Hilarious references are made to several other restaurants throughout the article … they call:
- Nate ’n Al’s is a ‘dumpy diner.’
- Chateau Marmont has ‘out-to-lunch servers and a ho-hum menu.’
- Le Dome closed after heavyweight music clientele ‘recoiled from their an ill-advised renovation’.
- The Hotel Bel-Air had ‘bad plastic surgery.’
The renovation of the Polo Lounge will be completed in stages starting in January so it can remain open.