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Two New Restaurants Planned For Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Oyster Bar (oysterbarny.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Commuters, meet comestibles.

Grand Central Terminal is making space for two new sit-down restaurants.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday that it’s making two sizeable new spots available for dining in the historic train station.

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One space is a roughly 12,000-square-foot expanse that once was a waiting room in the area called Vanderbilt Hall. The former waiting room has been used in recent years for special events.

The second space is a 4,700-square-foot area that’s been used for storage. It’s above the Grand Central Market area of eateries.

The station already has some sit-down eateries in other areas.

Neither new space has been leased yet. The MTA says the areas will be available for restaurants to open next year, as the building celebrates its centennial.

The majestic transit hub opened at the stroke of midnight on Feb. 1, 1913 and MTA Executive Director Joe Lhota has announced that some grand plans are in the works for its 100th birthday.

“I have always thought Grand Central Terminal is the heart of New York and this centennial celebration will show all of New York just how grand this building really is,” Lhota said.

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