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Full-Scale Restaurant Proposed for Chappaqua Train Station

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Chef Lesley Sutter presented her plan for a full-scale restaurant to occupy the vacant space at the Chappaqua Train Station to the New Castle Town Board on Tuesday night.

Along with providing coffee for commuters from 4 to 11 a.m. on weekdays, her proposal also calls for restaurant hours to run from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sutter's presentation showed a menu of sustainable food items, including oysters, fresh fish, chicken, a beef or pork entree, pasta and vegetables. Sutter also plans to offer a variety of soda, beer and wine choices.

"Coffee houses, pizzerias and delis are plentiful in Chappaqua," the presentation read. "Providing the town with a unique, healthy dining alternative benefits everyone and sets Chappaqua apart from other local towns that opt for chain restaurants – or more of the same."

Sutter is the former chef of Mount 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. She believes loyal Flying Pig customers would follow her to Chappaqua.

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, and Sutter said she plans to keep the historical integrity of the building.

If approved, Sutter hopes to have the restaurant up and running by the spring of 2013. To get there, she said, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, a sprinkler system, propane and gas locations, plumbing, sinks and more would need to be installed.

The presentation also said parking would need to addressed, as her restaurant would have 72 seats. Sutter hopes for a rent of $2,000 to $2,500 based on public space and the amount of work needed to adapt the building.

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