We were so excited about the new incarnation of The Beatrice Inn: the egalitarian, OpenTable.com, anti-smoking restaurant that will take the place of its former celebrity drug-fueled dance haunt, which shuttered three years ago. Especially since Graydon Carter, along with former Waverly Inn partners Brett Rasinski and Emil Warda, had promised that this time, there would be no Paul Sevigny.
In multiple interviews, Mr. Carter placed the opening of the new Waverly at the end of May. Yet anyone who has walked by 285 West 12th St. recently can see for themselves that the Beatrice is still under heavy construction. Another minor hiccup: they still don’t have their liquor license. “Most tables will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis. This will be a restaurant for our West Village neighbors and their friends,” Mr. Carter told The New York Post on May 2nd, dispelling rumors that this will be another exclusive Waverly-type secret.
And while we waited desperately for some signs of life inside the Beatrice Inn, May passed. The New York State Liquor Authority still has The Beatrice Inn under “pending” status for their December request for an on-premise alcohol license.
Technically, the restaurant could be holding a friends and family soft launch any time, as long as they give the alcohol away for free.