Locke-Ober Business Profile:
In June of 2001, Winter Place LLC was founded by Paul Licari for the purpose of purchasing Locke-Ober, with partner nationally renowned Chef Lydia Shire.
Eighteen months earlier, November of 1999, Shire had introduced Licari to Locke-Ober by inviting him to lunch there. Clearly in love with the room Shire was hopeful that someday they would rescue it. Following that memorable lunch, and many months of planning and determination the dream came true. Locke-Ober was purchased.
An intense effort to restore Locke-Ober began in August of 2001. While the months were short between the closing and reopening on November 16th 2001, the details were not. The generous hand of architect Adam Tihany made minimal, but tasteful touches to the common and dining areas, while updated mechanical systems were being implemented behind the scenes.
Locke-Ober currently utilizes its Main Dining Room and Lounge on the first floor and the Ober and Camus rooms on the second. In addition there are six third floor private dining rooms. These intimate private rooms (seating 2-16) best exemplify the rich mystique of years past. From high profile political meetings to romantic proposals, these rooms occupy a unique place in the history of hospitality. The JFK room is still the most sought after of the six rooms. The adjoining club known as Yvonne’s is also in use for private events, serving as many as two hundred guests.
Lydia Shire, in charge of Locke-Ober’s culinary legacy, with Chef Eric Leon Bogardus has accomplished what she had always envisioned, preserving the legacy while adding her creative genius to the menu. Alongside her dynamic cuisine, lies the sensational ambiance of this monument to art, history, and Boston itself. As managing general partner Licari oversees an exciting five hundred label wine list, a professional front of the house staff and a comprehensive private dining operation with the help of several extraordinary managers: Director of Sales and Marketing – Lina Giangregorio, Private Dining - Quelo Cohen, and Restaurant Manager – Luis Vasquez.
Locke-Ober is proud to acknowledge the continued service of several outstanding employees: Tony Accardi has been with the company for 46 years, Frank Carballeria for 43 and Quelo Cohen for 30.