Grand Central Oyster Bar’s Shell of a Ceiling Getting a Shine

But no need to worry about plaster in your pan roast.

If you're planning to take an out-of-towner to Grand Central Oyster Bar's so-called "whispering walls" — where you can speak into one corner and the sound will travel diagonally to another — it could be more crowded. The city (which operates all of Grand Central) started a $450,000 project to clean and replace some of the terracotta tiles, which have been painstakingly reproduced by a Boston ceramics company, and at the moment only two corners are open for whispering. Consider this a lead-up to next year, when the restaurant will turn 100 and undergo a bigger update — here's hoping they don't Algonquin-ize it. [Crain's]