The chefs who worked at The Flying Pig in Mount Kisco are interested in leasing the Chappaqua train station to open a new restaurant, New Castle Supervisor Susan Carpenter told town board members at their Tuesday work session.
The interest in starting a new venture is not surprising. When was announced in December, its demise was not signalled as a permanent one because Chef Leslie Sutter expressed interest in opening a new place. Sutter also has the rights to use The Flying Pig name in a new operation, according to a Jan. 3. story from The Examiner on the restaurant's closure. Meanwhile, remnant of The Flying Pig still exists in the form of a food service operation at the Mount Kisco Medical Group's property.
Should the eatery open at the Chappaqua train station, it would be an eatery coming full circle. The Flying Pig operated inside the Mount Kisco train station for years, before moving to its final location on Lexington Avenue.
The interest comes at a time when New Castle officials are looking to get a tenant to lease the building, most of which has not been actively used since the Metro-North ticket window . A small portion of the building is currently leased by Cafe La Track, which serves food and drinks to morning commuters. However, it appears that it could potentially be displaced, as Carpenter explained the town is looking to lease the whole station.
The Flying Pig's former workers will not be the only ones to get a shot of the station, which according to the New Castle Historical Society, was built in 1902. The town plans to put out a request for proposals (RFP), according to Carpenter, to invite possible tenants. There will be requirements for any tenant who signs, including that morning coffee service be maintained and bathrooms be kept open.
“We had said we would see who else is interested but we’ll, you know, see if there are other people out there," she said. The supervisor previously before New Castle's League of Women Voters chapter.
However, repairs to the station's floor and sewer area will be done. This should take a couple of months, said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski.
“I think the timing’s right to put it all together," Paderewski said about preparing to put out an RFP.