New York | Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
It’s not as white hot as it used to be, but celebrity haunt the Waverly Inn did catch fire yesterday evening. No one was hurt in the flames that broke out at Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s clubby Village restaurant around 5:30 p.m. But one of the Waverly’s famed Edward Sorel murals depicting literary greats Truman Capote and Walt Whitman was irreparably damaged after the FDNY hacked through the artwork to battle the blaze. Thanks to the 60 firefighters who responded to the scene, the fire was put out after 45 minutes. The restaurant, which now accepts reservations after years of exclusivity that included an unlisted phone number, is due to reopen in the next few days.