Briarcliff OKs plans to replace the Moonbean building and refit it above the patio

Moonbean Café will remain open until construction begins this fall

Moonbean Cafe on September 10, 2021. Photo by Robert Brum

Changes at the heart of Briarcliff Manordowntown are moving forward, now that the village has approved plans to replace the Moonbean Cafe build and renovate the top floor of the one next door which houses The patio.

The Moonbean Cafe will remain open until construction begins in the fall, and the owner Abby Wallace says she would like to come back when the job is done.

The patio will not be affected by the renovation.

Antoine Matrawhose Matra Realty owner of the buildings at 1123 and 1133 Pleasantville Road, is finalizing plans for Building Department review for the eight to 10 month construction work.

“We are still in the final stages of developing our plans for the [village] to do a final exam,” he said, which he expected to complete in the next few months.

The majority of the work involves demolishing the two-story, 1,650-square-foot building at 1123 Pleasantville Road, which now houses the first-floor cafe and three offices on the second floor. In its place would rise a three-story, 6,740-square-foot structure that would house two take-out restaurants on the ground floor and eight apartments comprising a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units on the second and second floors. third floors.

The patio on Pleasantville Road at Briarcliff Manor on September 10, 2021. Photo by Robert Brum

The interior renovation plan for the three-story, 5,400-square-foot building next door at 1133 Pleasantville Road will not affect the patio or basement and second-floor offices. The third floor would be renovated to accommodate two apartments, one one-bedroom and one two-bedroom. Third-floor tenants would move downstairs, he said.

The space between the buildings will be transformed into an open patio to provide space for outdoor dining.

A derogation from the Zoning Board will allow Matra to provide fewer parking spaces than necessary, although some on-street spaces will be created.

Matra’s project is designed to fit in with the village’s amended zoning laws that allow residential units to replace commercial buildings as a way to revitalize the town centre.

“My wife [Juliana] and I’m very excited about this project,” said Matra, owner of Matra Building Corp. in Croton-on-Hudson. “It’s been a long time coming. We’re looking forward to working with the city to make a real solid improvement to Briarcliff. … There’s a lovely patio between the two buildings, and it really will be a nice gathering place for the village of Briarcliff.

Matra started the business in 1995 as a remodeling and remodeling business, then expanded into building custom homes, according to its website.

Briarcliff Planning Council approved Matra’s site plan earlier this month; the building permit is a final hurdle before construction can begin.

Will Moonbean rise again?

Matra said he hoped Wallace would bring his independent cafe back when the new building opens. “We hope she will be the first tenant,” he said.

And indeed, Wallace thinks along the same lines.

“We would like to reopen again, bring new changes to the business,” she said recently. “I would really like to change a bit and evolve and adapt to the times. Things are so different now than when I took over the business in 2006.”

“Making a few changes to the menu, that sort of thing, I don’t know what the square footage would look like,” Wallace added. “It would be nice to have the opportunity to put my personal touch on it, because when I took over the business, everything was already there, from the paint colors to the furniture.”

Although she’s no longer working the long hours she worked last year, “I’m still accepting a bit of time off because I’ve owned the place for 16 years – it will do Turned 16 in June – I haven’t had a real vacation.

When word spread last September about Matra’s plans, “It was really frustrating because people thought we were going to be closed in a few days or even a few weeks. People didn’t want to buy gift certificates because they thought we were closing, and I was like, ‘We’re not closing yet. ”

She says she wants to let the Moonbean percolate “until the very end, until we can no longer occupy the space” when construction begins.

And Wallace, who is married with two daughters and lives in Ossining, plans to stay close to home.

“After 16 years, I have developed a relationship with many families in the community, and in particular with my landlord. Why change a good thing?”

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