Personally I love the sandwich shop with a specialty foods pantry area idea. Someone tried to do this in Newburgh in 2008 and failed. Everyone was crazy excited. They did catering, food to order, and pantry items. However, the reason they failed was because they were too expensive for the area. Even people who you would think had the money to spend there didn’t go. The location was prime, Liberty Street right next to Washington’s HQ. The space has been vacant ever since because the rent the owner wants is quite high. But if you are a negotiator we’d all love to see something come back into that place. The key issue as lifeupriver mentioned is affordability. We’d all love something affordable that is beautifully presented. Martha (newest cafe on the block) has done an amazing job of giving Liberty Street another nice venue.
You can see all about the old space at the links below: