CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Former Mt. Kisco restaurant The Flying Pig is interested setting up shop at the Chappaqua Train Station, according to Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter.
"The people that ran the Flying Pig are really excited about coming to Chappaqua," said Carpenter, who has long been interested in revitalizing the unused train station space.
With the interest in the space, the town will now begin the process of minor renovation work and putting out a request for proposal (RFP) to see if any other prospective tenants would be interested.
"We had said we will see who else is interested," Carpenter said. "Instead of losing an opportunity for a really good tenant, we've got to get people to come out of the woodwork if they're interested in the spot. The spot is now ready for people to look at it."
Town Administrator Penny Paderewski estimates that renovation work on the building, which involves cleaning dirt from underneath the floor and fixing sewer issues, would take two months. Paderewski said the town has already budgeted for the renovations.
"It's a beautiful, beautiful facility and it's been a little bit desolate since Metro-North closed down its window," said council member Robin Stout. "If we can do something useful with it, I think it might be a good idea."
Stout, a Metro-North commuter, said it is vital that interested tenants agree to serve breakfast and keep the bathrooms open for all commuters.
"That's absolutely part of the deal, we can't lose that," Carpenter said. "Whether the actual chefs get up at 5:30 in the morning, or they can hire somebody, somebody's got to go over there at 5:30 in the morning."
A decision to start the process on the renovations and the RFP will be put to a vote at a future town board meeting.
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