American Eagle Outfitters Café—Landing in Times Square


Clothing and accessories retailer American Eagle Outfitters is planning to build a café that serves coffee and specialty juices in its store at 1551 Broadway between West 46th and West 47 Streets, Commercial Observer has learned.

Demolition is expected to start in the next couple of weeks so that the café can open in October, according to Tom Rectenwald, the chief executive officer of Tom Rectenwald Construction, the general contractor on the project.

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He said the café experience at the Times Square American Eagle would be comparable to what his company built in Madison, Wis. for American Eagle where its Tailgate and Don’t Ask Why stores are connected via the Coffee Shop.

“We just opened it in May,” Rectenwald said. “I know that it’s real successful and they’re very pleased with it.”

American Eagle leases the entire three-story, 25,000-square-foot building at 1551 Broadway owned by Jeff Sutton’s Wharton Properties.

Steven Gambino of Gambino + LaPorta Architecture has been tapped to design the space, which is slated to cost between $1 million and $3 million to build, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Gambino didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment and nor did a spokeswoman for American Eagle.