Waverly Inn Mural Restored After Fire

By Andrea Swalec on July 12, 2012 8:26am 

The Waverly Inn was open for business, complete with its beloved mural of famous Village residents, July 10, 2012.
The Waverly Inn was open for business, complete with its beloved mural of famous Village residents, July 10, 2012.
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WEST VILLAGE — Allen Ginsberg, Jackson Pollock and Anais Nin have returned to the Waverly Inn

The exclusive eatery's beloved mural — featuring 40 Village legends from the past 150 years — has been restored to its former glory after sustaining damage in a fire that started in the basement of the A-list restaurant on June 25.

The refurbished mural was originally created by illustrator Edward Sorel for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's hot spot at 16 Bank St. in 2007, a year after the restaurant opened.

In addition to literary and artistic heavyweights Ginsberg, Pollock and Nin, the mural famously depicts Walt Whitman being pursued by a Truman Capote butterfly and Jack Kerouac typing onto a long scroll.

Sorel declined to discuss the restoration of the mural.

Workers said the restaurant reopened to customers last week, a week after the fire.

More than 60 firefighters responded to the fire after workers saw smoke and called 911. Employees helped rescue a panicked building resident from a first-floor apartment.

Officials determined that faulty electrical wiring sparked the blaze. 

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