Good coffee, craft beer and a taco bar: plans are coming together for new Hygrade Market in Croton Falls


The original building located at 10 Front Street in Croton Falls. Current building owners Tom and Dawn Christopher aim to restore its status as a central gathering place for town residents. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

Good coffee, baked goods, a market and craft beer. Those are the things that locals told Croton Falls business owners Tom and Dawn Christopher that they would most want to see at the site of the former Hygrade Market in the hamlet. If all goes according to plan, those items and a few other goodies are exactly what town residents and visitors can expect when a new and improved Hygrade Market opens later this year.

The building, located at 10 Front Street in Croton Falls (across from the Croton Falls train station) has been undergoing renovations since the Christophers took it over following the closure of Gordon’s Deli. “A railroad town needs a central gathering place, and I’m hoping this would be it, Tom Christopher said in a presentation to the North Salem Planning Board on Wednesday, January 5.

The building at 10 Front Street in Croton Falls is currently undergoing extensive renovations as part of its transformation into the new Hygrade Market. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

Christopher began his presentation to the Board by explaining how he and his wife Dawn evolved their plans for the market since taking over the space. “All day long people accustomed to coming in the store would knock on the door, ‘when are you guys opening up again?’ So we asked, ‘what would you like to see here?’” Christopher said. The desire for good coffee was unanimous. “That’s number one,” Christopher said, adding that there was also strong interest in light bites, a selection of grocery staples, craft beer, and for the market to open early.

“We thought it would be good to open at 6:00 a.m. and stay open until 8:00 p.m. for early evening dinners and returning commuters,” Christopher said. “For us it's pretty exciting to build something people actually want. There’s nothing like this for miles.”

Plans and drawings are currently before various government agencies for final approvals. (Benjamin Allen / HudValley Photo)

The current proposal outlines usage for a 3,000 square foot space that includes a retail area, a market area, a counter for local craft beer on tap, and a taco bar. The retail space will be run by Libby Parker, who runs the Lift Trucks Gallery currently located at 3 E Cross Street in Croton Falls.

Milton Ramirez, a chef from The Creek in Croton Falls, will be responsible for food and coffee at the market. In addition to a California-style taco bar, Ramirez plans to offer French-Italian sandwiches and paninis and a fresh salad bar. “He’s got a lot of energy; he’s great to work with,” Christopher said of Ramirez.

The Christophers still have several hurdles to clear before their vision becomes a reality, including securing a pour license for the craft beer along with various approvals from both the Department of Health and the Town Planning Board. Planning Board chair Cynthia Curtis told the North Salem Post that getting all the information in order from the Department of Health is critical. “There are a lot of steps to go through and we have to have everything in order,” she said.

That said, Curtis acknowledged that a new and improved Hygrade Market is something that residents are very much looking forward to. “To have food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a handful of groceries, that will be great. This is exciting that Hygrade is going to be opening.”

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