WEST VILLAGE — The fire that closed the Waverly Inn was sparked by faulty electrical wiring in the popular restaurant's basement, fire officials said Tuesday.
The Graydon Carter-owned restaurant — whose beloved mural of New York City notables of the past 150 years was damaged in the fire — remained closed Tuesday evening as workers hauled out burnt debris.
A manager who declined to give his name said it is not clear yet when the A-list spot would reopen.
"We don't really know yet," he said.
Illustrator Edward Sorel's mural, which was created in 2007, depicts 40 Village legends of the past 150 years in a hedonistic frenzy — from beat poet Allen Ginsberg and abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, to erotic novelist Anais Nin and birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger.
Sorel said Monday that the art, which was the subject of a 2008 book, could be replaced by being reprinted from digital files.
Employees of the restaurant helped rescue a panicked building resident from a first-floor apartment, and firefighters brought the blaze under control by 6:15 p.m.
There were no serious injuries reported from the fire, officials said.