The last of Grand Central Terminal’s prized retail spaces will be offered later this month to potential restaurateurs through a request-for-proposal process.
In the run-up to the Terminal’s 2013 Centennial, MTA is making available the west side of Vanderbilt Hall (the former main waiting room) for an eatery whose operations include a casual sit-down restaurant and adjacent takeout area.
Also, an undeveloped space above the Terminal’s popular Grand Central Market will be available later this year for development as a sit-down restaurant and bar. This is the first time these two large new spaces have become available for lease.
The new restaurants, which would be available for 2013 openings, have the potential to reach the 750,000 people who come through the Terminal each day.
The sites also will benefit from increased foot traffic during the Centennial year, which kicks off in February.
In the past year, Grand Central has seen an influx of high-profile retail and restaurants, including the country’s biggest Apple store, outposts of style mecca Vince Camuto and Shake Shack, opening soon.
The two new restaurants will be in addition to the world famous Oyster Bar and trendy lounge Campbell Apartment, among others.
Grand Central Terminal is leasing these spaces with the help of Williams Jackson Ewing.