After a couple of days of speculation, it has been confirmed that Gabriel Stulman will take over the lease on the Fedora, the restaurant and bar that has been on West 4th Street since 1952.
Eater attended last night’s CB2 meeting, where Stulman — he of Joseph Leonard and, formerly, Market Table and the Little Owl — detailed his plans for the restaurant, whose eponymous owner, Fedora Dorato, is 90 years old and dealing with some health issues.
After closing it for renovations, Stulman plans to reopen the Fedora as a “casual elegant supper club” with its original details largely intact, operating seven days a week from 5 p.m. into the wee hours.
While Stulman enjoyed plenty of neighborhood support at the meeting — including a testimonial from Dorato’s son — Jeremiah Moss is skeptical that the new Fedora will be hospitable to those who patronized its original incarnation, writing yesterday that regardless of whom the lease goes to, “the people who have gone to Fedora’s for decades won’t be getting a reservation.” And given the precedent set by the nearby Minetta Tavern, whose interior was kept intact even as the customers who had once occupied it were all but banished from the premises, who can blame him?
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