Reps for Ahmass Fakahany and chef Michael White's Altamarea Group say they will convert the food-and-beverage operations at Richard Gere's Bedford Post Inn in Westchester, changing the name of its farmhouse restaurant to Campagna. The inn includes a fine-dining restaurant and an outdoor, grill-based terrace, as well as a private events space. Ai Fiori and Costata chef PJ Calapa will oversee the entire operation, along with chef de cuisine Devin Bozkaya, a veteran of West End Bistro and the Inn at Little Washington.
Actor and humanitarian Richard Gere, who took over the 14-acre property with partner Russell Hernandez in 2007, says in a statement: "From the beginning we’ve been committed to the highest possible quality at the Bedford Post. This partnership adds a new dimension to its excellence and future. We’re very excited." Hernandez and Gere will continue to manage their side of the property, which has a Relais & Châteaux affiliation and aspires to a Stone Barns-meets-Camp David vibe. “I want this to be a place where the minds of people who could change the world would meet,” Gere told New York in 2009.