Two proposals for renting out the Chappaqua train station will be presented at tonight's New Castle Town Board work session, according to Town Administrator Penny Paderewski. The town, which sent a out a request for proposals seeking tenants, got two when the deadline passed on Friday, she said.
, one of them comes from a former chef at The Flying Pig, Leslie Sutter.
Sutter, who noted her interest in opening a new place when her previous employer closed its Mount Kisco location in December, is calling her proposal Sutter's Track 32. The number is a nod to the nearby Saw Mill River Parkway exit for downtown Chappaqua.
In her proposal, Sutter promises an experienced team - background includes working at The Flying Pig during its early years at Mount Kisco's train station - a "seem transition" for commuters, and food that's affordable and family friendly. Her operation would include taking over the morning coffee business currently provided by Cafe La Track - it will be open from 4-11 a.m. - with the restaurant being open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch on weekends and 5-9 p.m. for weekend dinner. Maintaining morning coffee service is a requirement in the RFP, along with keeping access to the public bathrooms in the station.
Infrastructure changes proposed by Sutter installing an ansul system, larger grease pit and a three-basin kitchen sink. Her proposal states a willingness to install either a propane tank or use of gas. The plan will also preserve the main lobby, using the exiting benches as table seating and the old ticket booth as a place for an oyster bar and beverages.
The other proposal was emailed to the town on Friday by Greg Balderacchi. It includes preserving the morning coffee service and offering foods that include pastries, microwave foods and cereals. Expanded service would include a kiosk outside of the building for commuter coffee use, along with adding seating to the building's main area.
The plan also calls for a second phase, which involves expanding the menu for evening commuters, more seating, and installing an electric grill, along with having "a more versatile kitchen."
The town board will hear presentations for both proposals, according to Paderewski, at the work session, which starts tonight at 7:45 p.m., at New Castle Town Hall.
The meeting packet is attached to this story and you can view the proposals on pages 6-11.