This email just came in. It appears that Fedora's neighbors are concerned about the new owner's plan to keep the restaurant open late (originally proposed for 4:00 AM, changed to 2:00 AM--via Grub St.).
While there are still many unanswered questions about the future plans for this business, losing the new owner may mean losing all of Fedora. It's a tough call. Wherever you stand on the issue, go July 22 to get information and have your voice heard:
Dear Friends of Fedora’s,
A completely unexpected and rather unpleasant situation has just appeared that threatens the future of Fedora’s.
A few neighbors have suddenly expressed concerns about the future management of the new Fedora’s. Specifically they are concerned about the hours that Fedora’s will be open. Their demands are such that the new owners may balk at making the commitment needed to keep the Fedora’s that we have known and loved for decades.
For generations the Dorato family has shown its deep commitment to the Greenwich Village community. The new proprietor of Fedora’s was chosen very carefully. As prime Greenwich Village commercial property, it would have been easy to find a developer that would have ignored Fedora’s rich history. You are all aware of what has happened to beloved establishments in the Village. The new owner has made firm assurances that the new Fedora’s, while updated and spruced up, will still be the welcoming spot we have all enjoyed for so long.
Your help is needed:
Community Board 2 is meeting Thursday, July 22 @ 6:00 PM- Elizabeth Irwin High School, 40 Charlton St. in the auditorium
THE PUBLIC SESSION BEGINS AT 6:00 PM. SPEAKERS' CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 6:00 TO 6:30 PM. Reports from the Chair, District Manager, Borough President, Standing Committees.
INDIVIDUALS WHO CANNOT ATTEND ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN ADVANCE TO THE BOARD OFFICE. WRITTEN TESTIMONY WILL BE PLACED INTO THE RECORD
Mail comments to
Community Board #2
3 Washington Square Village 1A
New York, NY 10012
We realize this is extremely short notice. If you can attend and voice your support, please so do. If you cannot, please write a letter today to express your concern that we may yet again lose a neighborhood institution. Or, you can email the community board at Gormley@cb2manhattan.org
BETTER YET, AFTER YOU SEND YOUR EMAIL, PRINT IT OUT AND MAIL A HARD COPY.
Fedora’s has been welcoming Villagers since 1952. It was originally opened as a speakeasy in 1919 and when prohibition ended, it was opened as Charlie’s Garden.
Fedora has been welcoming us all with a warmth and charm that is legendary in the Village. Won’t you please help to make sure that it is around for future generations to enjoy?
Please help us get word out.