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After 15 Years, MTA Might Kick Two Boots and Junior's Out of Grand Central

Both restaurants have been staples of the food court, but may be forced out by competition.

Courtesy of Junior's

The leases for Two Boots pizza and Junior's at Grand Central are almost up and the MTA, which owns the spaces, isn't sold on letting the restaurants stay put. Several hungry restaurant vultures descended on the two spaces this week to check out what's on offer. While Crain's is reporting that Danny Meyer was there, potentially eyeing an expansion of his Shake Shack outlet which sits next to Junior's, his reps say there's no truth to that.

Both Two Boots and Junior's have held those lots for 15 years and the owners are hoping to stay put. Phil Hartman of Two Boots tells Crain's he considers the outpost his flagship, and says: "We'll do everything we can to stay here." Junior's owner Alan Rosen, who recently turned down a $45 million deal to maintain the family business's original location in Brooklyn, decided not to stick around during the tour. "If your home is going up for sale and you want to continue living there....You don't want to be there when buyers are walking through." MTA's deadline for bids is October 23.