Two popular Westchester eateries are looking to expand and renovate their current spaces in suburban downtown locations.
In Armonk, Mariani Cafe wants to more than triple the size of its current 16-seat, 1,000-square-foot casual dining room and has plans before the North Castle Planning Board. The owners want to grow the restaurant to 72 seats with a 3,500-square-foot addition.
Plans to use the new space as a catering facility for private parties of 200 people have been eliminated. The Mariani Garden Center has nearly 15,000-square foot of garden decor retail and office space at 45 Bedford Road.
Currently on the cafe’s menu are a Kobe beef mini-burger and scallops with a passion fruit vinaigrette dressing, according to its website.
Some nearby property owners have voiced opposition to the project which is within Armonk’s historic district and its main shopping and commercial center.
In Mount Kisco, the Coach Diner at 252 East Main St., has completed a roughly 3-year review with the municipality and is beginning a 1,250-square foot addition.
The new space will add dining area, including outdoor seating which it does not currently have, as well as 13 additional parking spaces.
The diner is said to be popular with local resident Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his family who live nearby. It was also where a former Sen. Hillary Clinton shot a video with her husband former President Bill Clinton during her presidential bid. The short film got lots of attention for showing her sense of humor by drawing some Soprano-like inferences and her contemporary style by using Celine Dion music.
The diner’s expansion was approved by the Mount Kisco Planning Board in January.
(Photo of Mariani Cafe, top, from its website; the Mount Kisco Diner is a file photo of The Journal News)