For nearly 10 years, George Russo was a welcome presence at the Green’s Farms Railroad Station.
He served coffee, sold newspapers and traded banter with sleepy early morning commuters at the equally sleepy depot.
Last April, George was outbid for the lease. Despite scores of names on a petition to save him, Steam Cafe took over.
This morning, commuters faced a locked door. No coffee. No papers. Not even a bathroom.
A call from “06880” to the Westport Police Department — which oversees the town’s 2 train stations — brought a swift response.
The Steam Cafe concessionaire overslept.
The cops were not happy. “The lease stipulates that if there’s a problem opening, we have to be notified,” a spokesman said. “No one told us. We’ll deal with this.”
And, the spokesman said, Steam Cafe has another issue to deal with:
“They’ve got a lot of apologies to make to their customers.”