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Popular Morristown Restaurant to Change Name After 20 Years

Tim Schaefer's Restaurant will become Chef Fredy's Table in June.

The exterior of Tim Schaefer's Restaurant, which will undergo a name change in June. Photo Courtesy Tim Schaefer's Restaurant
The exterior of Tim Schaefer's Restaurant, which will undergo a name change in June. Photo Courtesy Tim Schaefer's Restaurant

What’s in a name?

Plenty, according to one ownership duo, and that’s why they’re altering the title of one of Morris County’s most notable and popular restaurants.

Since 1995 Tim Schaefer’s Restaurant on Speedwell Avenue has offered fine dining and cuisine, and will continue to do so, but now under the designation of Chef Fredy’s Table.

Fredy Umanzor, who has been the head chef at the restaurant since 1999, co-owns the business along with general manager Nestor Bedoya. The pair bought the business from Schaefer in 2005.

“When we bought the business we talked about changing the name,” Bedoya said. “[Schaefer] has been out of town for ten years now, and we’ve been wanting to push Chef Fredy out to our customers. It’s time to have our own identity.”

Bedoya promises there will be no other changes aside from the name, which will be official sometime over the next few weeks. The general manager said the restaurant will likely advertise with a “formerly Tim Schaefer’s Restaurant” disclaimer for the next year.

Umanzor has been a professional chef for nearly three decades and has concocted creations like Creole Jambalaya with Shrimp & Sea Scallops as well as Long Island Duckling for the restaurant’s Prix Fixe dinner menu.

“The food and service will remain the same,” Bedoya said. “It’s just time for our own identity.”

Yolanda Navarrete May 29, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Congratulations! Changing the name means it is no longer about the original chef, but about the true chef. I have been dining at this restaurant since at least 1999. The food is always amazing. The chef is the restaurant and this chef is one of the best. I will keep my eyes open for the new name. Yolanda Navarrete
Mike D May 29, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Name changes usually mean running from bills in my 15 years in collections. New name, new LLC, new $0 balance.
Yolanda Navarrete May 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Mike, usually doesn't mean always. Businesses are so vulnerable in this small town, that an insinuation like that could hurt it. Because I have been to this friendly restaurant so many times, I know the chef has had the mind to change it to his own name for many years. Changing it right away would have been riskier, since Tim Schaefer had a large following. Now everyone is used to the transition. The chef walks around regularly and greets his guests. It appears to be the right time. I am saying this to you respectfully.
Mike D May 29, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Yo, understandable. 'Small' businesses are vulnerable in 'NJ'. Everyone would rather buy bulk. Not many people support small business. I would say that it is because everyone is broke, but wealthy people also skimp. Why spend $15 on an entre at a small bistro when I can spend $8.99 at Applebees? I go to local small restaurants, but Ill admit, every now and then I crave Red Robin. I will never eat 'bakery' baked goods unless it is bread. I buy at farmers markets....the stuff that people actually make, not the stuff that fake small businesses buy in bulk and re-package. So Im not saying its a bad thing....that what small business HAVE to do. go bankrupt, change your name, sell to paper people.....but some do abuse it.
Patricia Herbst May 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM
PDH The restaurant competition in Morristown is now fiercer than it has ever been in the last 30-50 years. Tim Schaeffer's was successful. So much so, that he left Morristown, sold his business and moved with his family (I think he went to North Carolina.) He had FANTASTIC food, well worth the price. It is a very small, expensive restaurant with relatively few tables. The new name , in my opinion, is a disaster, because while it may be the new owner's first name, it is going to be confused with "Fatty's". As in "Who's on First. Why. No, Why's on second." Let's go to Fatty's. Do you mean Freddy's? No, I mean Fatty's. Huh? Let's just go to the Morristown Diner. OK, I'll meet you there. I agree three different food choices and three different price points, but you really do want to meet up in the same place. So, Very Best of Luck To You, but I see failure to differentiate, failure to make a profit and failure in the very near future.

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