Brian McGrory In closing Locke-Ober, owner sought to preserve history ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Globe File/1995 Landmark Boston restaurant Locke-Ober on Winter Place, a small street off Winter Street in Downtown Crossing, opened in 1875. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff One of the city's oldest restaurants, Locke-Ober quietly shut down Saturday night with no notice except a sign on the door. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff/File 2011 The main dining room featured polished hardwood tables and elegant chandeliers. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff/File 2011 Polished silverware in the dining room at Locke-Ober. Globe File/1979 The restaurant was long a meeting place where the city’s power brokers made their deals and political luminaries made appearances. .Globe file/1979 “It was the place to go in the day,” said Gina Schertzer, 90, who has worked at Durgin Park, another venerable Boston restaurant, since 1975. Globe File/1980 Over its 137 years, Locke-Ober has attracted film and television stars such as Paul Newman, James Cagney, and Jackie Gleason. .Gobe File In its heyday, the dark, stately dining room would be abuzz with patrons savoring their thick-cut steaks and signature lobster stew. Globe File/2001 In 2001, celebrity chef Lydia Shire and business partner Paul Licari took over Locke-Ober and embarked on a much-lauded restoration Globe file/2009 Locke-Ober struggled in the recent economic downturn, suspending lunch service in 2009 and closing briefly in 2011 after Shire’s departure. Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff/File 2011 “It’s a national historical monument, if you ask me,” said David Artiano, 40, who briefly served as Locke-Ober's executive chef in 2011. Globe File/2007 “It’s a national historical monument, if you ask me,” Artiano said. “My greatest hope is that someone can save it and pull it from the ashes.