GREENWICH VILLAGE, NY – Last month, acclaimed chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi quietly opened their latest business in the Village – Commerce Inn located at 50 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford streets.
Sodi and Williams also jointly operate Via Carota in the West Village. Additionally, Sodi runs I Sodi at 105 Christopher Street, and Williams is the chef and owner of the equally successful Buvette at 42 Grove Street.
The two chefs’ new restaurant on Commerce Street is moving away from their usual Italian cuisine.
Instead, The Commerce Inn is a “Shaker-inspired early American tavern and cuisine” that seeks to honor “the history and architecture of the West Village of the 1900s.”
The Shakers are a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility, and honesty, and reflected their beliefs in things like their furniture and cooking.
“With an emphasis on fresh and simple dishes inspired by heritage recipes: spicy oysters marinated in a brine of bread and butter, comforting brine, fortifying pies and simple vegetables, our menu is always prepared simply and served casually with a spirit of care and warmth, âone section of the Commerce Inn website read.
The tavern also has a bar with a small cocktail list.
The 50 Commerce Street location has a long history in the village, operating as a sweatshop from a shed during Prohibition before serving as a home to several restaurants in the decades that followed, according to NY Eater.
For most of that time, it was Blue Mill Tavern.
Commerce Inn’s Instagram page posted on November 24 that the restaurant is now open.
You can find out more about the new West Village restaurant on its website.