by Rick Pezzullo –
MTA Metro-North Railroad has granted a lease for a full-service bakery and restaurant at the Tarrytown station.
Building plans are currently under review for The Bakehouse Inc., which runs the well-known Riviera Bakehouse in Ardsley, to offer customers both take-out and sit-down menus.
The lease is one of five Metro-North has given to new tenants to provide dining and shopping options and other services at station house buildings along its rail lines.
“A welcoming station house that offers customers an inviting spot to grab a bite or a cup of coffee, wait for a train, unwind after work or meet up with family and friends can only make commuting a more positive experience,” said Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi.
“With these deals, we’re enlivening the stations, meeting customer needs, and – because the tenant takes over responsibility for upkeep and maintenance — cutting costs,” said MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber. “That’s a home run for our customers, and for the MTA. “
The station building in Tarrytown is currently underutilized, housing only a ticket agent booth and small concession stand.
Under the proposed plan, the interior will be reconfigured and refurbished, while maintaining the building’s existing charm and integrity. A new seating area will be installed near the ticket window, creating a more appealing waiting area for more than 3,200 customers who board trains at the station on an average weekday.
Early morning commuters will be able to enjoy the convenience of a full coffee bar and breakfast items right at the station. A large counter area will have display cases for cakes, pies, cookies, breakfast items and breads, and nearby informal seating will cater to customers on the go. There will also be self-service cases for carry out/ready-made meals.