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Chappaqua to Hear Train Station Coffee Shop Plans

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. ? Proposals for a coffee shop and restaurant for the Chappaqua Train Station will be presented during a meeting of the New Castle Town Board on Tuesday night, according to a pre-released agenda.

One of the proposals comes from Lesley Sutter, whose shop would have coffee for commuters from 4 to 11 a.m. and restaurant hours from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Sutter is the former chef of Mt. Kisco's The Flying Pig, which closed at the end of 2011. Sutter's initial interest in April sparked the town to perform minor renovations on the space and put out a request for proposals (RFP).

The proposal is called Sutter's Track 32, which ties in the chef's name, the train tracks and the Saw Mill River Parkway exit number near the station. Architectural designs for the building were prepared by Chappaqua resident Wally Toscano.

"When renovating a historic building, we firmly believe it is important to re-purpose wherever possible," the proposal states. "Nothing will be disposed of in Sutter's Track 32 renovation. Each item removed will be discussed and re-purposed."

The other proposal to be taken up at Tuesday night's meeting comes from Greg Balderacchi, whose project also calls for keeping a coffee area in the station. According to the proposal, the station would offer pastries, cereals and other limited microwave food.

Balderacchi also proposes to expand the coffee service with a mobile unit located at the entrance of the stairway leading to the train station.

Balderacchi also included a second phase in his proposal that would begin after a successful coffee station. The second phase includes establishing an electric grill, an expanded seating area, wireless Internet, cable television and a possible smoking area.

Like Sutter, Balderacchi intends to limit any renovation to the space. To attract pedestrian traffic, he said, weekend art exhibits and flower sales would be possible.

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