Fedora Reopens Under New Operator and With Updated Digs


Fedora in the West Village

West Village landmark, Fedora, opened as an unnamed speakeasy in 1917 and was later called Charlie’s Garden.  It was taken over by the original owner’s son and his wife, Fedora, in 1952.  It was one of the few restaurants in the neighborhood at the time that was patronized by heterosexuals even though they welcomed homosexuals as well.  Last summer, Fedora (then 90), finally decided to retire from her daily stint behind the bar and homemade pie making in the kitchen, and the future of the eatery was unknown.

Fortunately, Gabriel Stulman, proprietor of Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey’s Grocery on Waverly, has taken over as the new operator.  The Mahogany bar and original hardwood floors have been maintained, but the rest of the space has been renovated (including a new collection of pop art).  The menu now has a French influence under executive chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly.  Brian Bartels (the bartender for Joseph Leonard) has developed a season cocktail menu for Fedora.


Fedora, 239 West 4th Street, near Charles Street; (646) 449-9336



About Akerly Real Estate

Mike Akerly grew up in Orange County, CA and lived in Irvine until he left to attend the University of Southern California. After graduating with a BA in Political Science, he worked in talent and literary representation at agencies and management firms such as ICM in Beverly Hills and Media Talent Group in West Hollywood. While there, he had the opportunity to work on behalf of artists such as Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton, Mira Sorvino, Forest Whitaker, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, and Baz Luhrmann. While in Los Angeles, Mr. Akerly began his career in real estate as a landlord in Orange County before moving on to New York City to attend law school at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. There, he completed his Juris Doctor with concentrations in real property law and corporate law while he continued his real estate investments with acquisitions in Manhattan. Today he is licensed in California, New York, and Massachusetts. Kate Akerly was born in New Jersey and raised in California. She attended college in Los Angeles where she received her BS in sociology from Mt. Saint Mary’s College. After college, Kate was introduced to real estate as a landlord in Orange County, California. She later moved to New York City where she worked for a city agency that handles civil complaints of alleged misconduct on the part of the New York Police Department. After being promoted to Senior Investigator, she decided to move on to begin her career in real estate brokerage. Kate is now a licensed real estate salesperson who has handled more than one hundred New York City real estate transactions. Mike and Kate now work together from their TriBeCa office in New York City. Together they service clients in residential and commercial brokerage throughout the boroughs. The team also considers investment opportunities in multi-family properties, mortgages, and trust deeds, nationwide. During their free time the two enjoy travel, good wine, great food, and friends. They have advanced certifications in deep water scuba diving and are avid skiers and snowboarders. They reside in Greenwich Village in New York City. If you are interested in purchasing, selling, or leasing residential or multi-family property in New York, California, or Massachusetts, please contact the Akerly Real Estate Team at (212) 400-4838 or via e-mail at KeytotheCity@AkerlyRE.com.
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