New York | Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Vanity Fair editor and restaurateur Graydon Carter is hitting some snags as he prepares to open Beatrice Inn in the Village. Word in restaurant and nightlife circles is that D.J. and nocturnal gadabout Paul Sevigny is not happy that Carter is keeping the name of the rowdy, celeb-infested nightspot Sevigny operated at the West 12th Street address. Sevigny’s reps claim that Carter never received a transfer for the Beatrice Inn name, which could be worth up to $500,000 should the brother of Chloe choose to revive the shuttered venue’s corpse in pop-up forms around the world.
Both sides hope to settle the matter quickly. Sevigny’s case is only somewhat weakened by the fact that Beatrice Inn was the name of a red sauce Italian restaurant for a half-century before he brought a smoky after hours lair to the building’s ground floor.
Sevigny isn’t the only one with a gripe about the restaurant, which hopes to begin friends and family nights in the coming weeks. There are rumors that Carter’s son, Spike, is unhappy with chef Brian Nasworthy’s updated chophouse menu.