In the nearish future, Joseph Leonard's Gabe Stulman is scheduled to open two new restaurants—Jeffrey's, a market and bar/oyster bar right across from his current restaurant, and Fedora, his remake of a Village old timer. In a new Esquire interview he lets neighbors know what to expect.
On Jeffreys: "Jeffrey's [slated to open late September], we've completely restored it to how it was built in the late 1800s. All mahogany with huge storefront windows, transom windows wrapping all the way around, double French doors. My jaw drops every time I see the space." Okay, win.
And on Fedora: "Fedora has operated as a restaurant since the 1950s and I'm already bracing myself for the criticism that I'm going to get...Fedora had a glorious run. The past owners want me to run my restaurant. I'm choosing to keep the name because it's a great name. I'm keeping the bar because it's brilliant, the original bar from 1917. Aside from that, it's now our restaurant."
In other words, neighborhood nostalgists, let the man do his thing. The restaurant had its time.
· Gabe Stulman on What Makes a Good Restaurateur [Esquire]
· All Coverage of Gabe Stulman and His Projects [~ENY~]