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Iona College Announces Plans For New North Avenue Restaurant, Market

The proposed interior of the SAGE Cafe by Iona College in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Iona College
Iona College has proposed constructing a restaurant and marketplace on the ground floor of their newly renovated seven-story mixed-use facility on North Avenue. Photo Credit: Iona College

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - In their continued efforts to revitalize the North Avenue corridor, Iona College officials have announced plans to establish a community restaurant and market at the former site of the Mirage Diner.

On Thursday, Iona announced plans for SAGE Cafe, a proposed restaurant and market that will serve the needs of both Iona students and the New Rochelle community as a whole, on the ground floor of its recently constructed seven-story mixed-use facility at 690 North Ave.

The initial design of SAGE Cafe includes a 3,000-square-foot “intercontinental-cuisine-influenced” restaurant and a 2,000-square-foot market and bakery. The vision for the establishment is “a relaxed atmosphere with a gourmet-style convenience market, a high-quality bakery, gourmet coffee station, juice bar and a ‘gran- ’n -go’ area offering fresh food prepared by the Cafe.

According to officials, the announcement delivers on the commitment Iona made when it purchased the Mirage Diner in 2014. It comes on the heels of several North Avenue land acquisitions, roadway improvements and a storefront enhancement program from the college.

"Iona College is excited to move forward on a commitment we made several years ago to provide the community with a casual, convenient, and contemporary dining destination," Anne Marie Schettini-Lynch, the senior vice president for finance and administration, said. "With the SAGE Café, we are not only delivering on our pledge, but complementing our other broad-based efforts to beautify North Avenue, add to its commercial base and provide needed on-campus housing for our students."

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