FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Hungry commuters at the Fairfield Metro train station are in for a treat starting Monday morning.
Fairfield-based Best Food Fast LLC has been selected to operate a food and beverage truck during the peak weekday morning rush hours of 4:30 to 8:30 a.m., the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced.
"Can't WAIT For Monday!!!," BFF Grill said on Facebook. Aaron Hagel and Richard Hewitt, both of Fairfield, will operate the Best Food Fast service.
And the commuters are excited, too.
"Congrats buddy, that's huge!!," said one Facebook response.
"Wow! Great news! Much success! Bout damn time!," said another Facebook post.
The Best Food Fast truck will be located in the parking lot on the eastbound (New Haven-bound) side of the station.
There is an “up and over” walkway at the station for commuters heading westbound toward New York City. In addition to coffee and juice, Best Food Fast will offer breakfast sandwiches and wraps, and healthier options such as yogurt and fruit.
Customers may call ahead or text orders to 203-871-8016.
Frankie P had a request: "So will u have my sandwich ready every morning before I get on train!"
And another post echoed that thought, "You will be a godsend to the commuters."
Back in February, Hagel said he was ready to take on the train station with his spacious 24-foot food truck.
“Not everyone is as equipped to do it as we are,” said Hagel, saying he can offer everything from breakfast fare to sandwiches and smoothies.
CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker is happy to dish up the food service at the station, which has no amenities.
“This service will be a great amenity for the hundreds of commuters catching trains at Fairfield Metro every morning, and I am delighted that we have been successful in bringing it to fruition,” said Redeker. “Best Food Fast is well known and popular around Fairfield, and I’m confident our commuters will keep them busy.”
Fairfield State Rep. Laura Devlin worked with CTDOT for months to get a vendor in place for rail commuters.
“Having been a longtime commuter, I know the value of having that cup of coffee and other options available for your morning commute. This will be a fabulous addition to the Metro station and I'm happy we are supporting a local business."
Best Food Fast was selected in a competitive procurement process. CTDOT is interested in pursuing similar services at other rail stations in Connecticut.
More than 1,200 commuters take the train from Fairfield Metro on an average weekday morning.