Three years after a popular concession stand closed during renovation work, Ridgewood is close to once again having a coffee vendor at the village’s train station.
The village is looking for a new vendor to operate an indoor concession – the original closed during renovation work in 2010, and the longtime coffee provider did not return.
Some unfinished renovations were completed last year, funded by NJ Transit. In addition to a repainting of the underpass, the train station building received new sinks, flooring, a door and new air conditioning unit.
The last step to getting the concession stand back up and running is finding someone to take it over. Bids for the job are due in the village manager’s office Feb. 20.
For a monthly rent payment to the village – likely to be determined through the bidding process – the selected vendor will have exclusive rights to sell coffee and simple, “grab and go” snacks in the building from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. weekdays.
Officials expect to have a recommendation for the council by late February, with the planned open of the coffee bar to occur in the spring.