We checked in with Gerry Petraglia, owner of Station Cafe and Grille, to see how the first two months of operating a business out of the old Hawthorne train station is going.
“Everything has been good–it’s busy,” he said. “I can’t complain. Everything’s been better than expected.”
One focus for the Station Cafe principals is the dinner crowd. Petraglia conceded that business wanes after 2 p.m., so they’re making a special effort to target the late afternoon/early evening crowd, with the likes of burgers and wraps and panini. Train riders can call ahead (495-3944) and have something waiting for pickup, or for dining in, he said, when their train pulls into Hawthorne.
Petraglia, who invested mightily in the formerly decrepit space, said feedback has been very positive from people in the neighborhood. “They tell me, it’s what the town needed,” he said.
Here’s the lone comment on Yelp about Station Cafe. Keep in mind, you have no idea how biased/unbiased the commenters are, but here’s what Tom W. said:
Finally, some good use has been made of the old Hawthorne train station, especially after it stood as a taxi business (dump) for so long. The terrific menu highlights this beautifully renovated building, with a wide selection of breakfast and lunch foods, as well as plenty of snack options, fruit, drinks, coffee, bagels and much more. I enjoyed my specialty sandwich of the day, which was egg salad with cheddar and bacon on a roll – just enough to fill me up for lunch.