Just got off the phone with ever-affable Town Supervisor Joan Maybury, who says renovation on the Hawthorne station building will begin in earnest in the coming days, and the “Station Cafe,” as she says it will be called, should open in 6-8 weeks.
That would set the opening for mid-July.
Ms. Maybury says the space, which has already undergone some renovation, will get new windows and new sidewalking around the perimeter, while the town is trying to figure out drainage solutions to alleviate the lot’s flooding.
“It’ll be a nice place to stop in and get a cup of coffee,” she says. “It’ll be a great addition–so far everything is moving along.”
Station Cafe will take over the entire building, added the supervisor. The Hawthorne cab service will continue to lease parking spots from the town, and will shift its operations to the building that houses Hawthorne Wines, just outside the station’s southern entrance/exit.
Ms. Maybury also stressed that there are lots and lots of parking spots–around 100 a day–down at Valhalla, to help alleviate the crush of parking in Hawthorne.
Finally, I asked Ms. Maybury why there was an Australian dude’s recorded voice offering up the various phone extensions when you call Town Hall. I mean, c’mon–couldn’t we find anyone from the 914–or even the 718–to reflect the good people of Mount Pleasant, Noo Yawk?
Supervisor Maybury agreed.
“We’re gonna get a proper New Yorker,” she said. “It’ll either be my voice, or a friend’s.”