But Oldham might have been too far ahead of its time.
There was a clinical starkness to the decor, and the service wasn't any warmer, but for a hot minute the venue was very much a place to see and be seen -- and eat a decent meal, too. Oldham -- the restaurant, not the hotel -- was short-lived, and the space was later occupied by a couple of nightclubs that attracted press coverage for all the wrong reasons. You know, like shootings.
The space has been sitting vacant for some time and is loaded with possibilities. The ground-level dining area, which once was the lobby of the World War I-era hotel (which, knowing how raucous this neighborhood was in the 1900s, must have been a lively joint), isn't that roomy, but some clever restaurateur could no doubt think of something to do with it.