Project Description

Client Objective:

Knife and Fork – Update and modernize an iconic Atlantic City restaurant established in 1912 while bringing it back to its grandeur of yesteryear. Allow for distinctive impressions of each dining and bar area while establishing a cohesive theme throughout.

Harry’s Oyster Bar – Convert an abandoned buffet type restaurant within a Casino into a new pub styled oyster bar. The sports bar should be expansive with multiple TV’s and a sense of history. The Dining Area should be separate, brighter and visually connect with the adjacent court, boardwalk, and beach.

Design Solution:

We approached both gut renovations with respect for times past and our clients’ traditional stylistic vision. We collaborated with our clients to address staff efficiency and flow as well as seating density and viewpoints. Both restaurants receive high customer ratings on the visual impact and comfort of our designs.

Feature Highlight:

Knife and Fork – We had fun with the décor which focused on the restaurant’s storied heyday as a speakeasy and private men’s club. The Ladies Lounge was then and is now a side room to the main Dining Room but it’s a favorite for its proportions, colors, and historical innuendo.

Harry’s Oyster Bar – After some strong hints towards decorative fish – and not a modern interpretation of the nautical theme – we indeed sourced, selected and actually helped hang dozens of fiberglass fish within the room’s skylights.


We met this restauranteur family when we renovated their NYC apartment in 1998. This led to a renovation of their house near Atlantic City. Then came our first restaurant renovation with the extended family (1999/2000) at Docks Oyster House. We were happy to work with them again at Knife and Fork (2005) and Harry’s Oyster Bar (2009/2011). We are currently working on complete renovation and large expansion to Docks Oyster House.

lga’s team:

Lynn Gaffney, Jarrett Boor, Matthew Radune, Laura Sinn. Architect of Record – SOSH of Atlantic City. Construction Manager – John Mirenda Construction