Sad underground train dungeon Penn Station's reportedly trying to be less of a local eyesore, and the first casualties of its self-improvement program, it seems, are the fast-food establishments. Last year, the station's realty company announced they'd be shuttering a number of eateries, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Tim Horton's, and yesterday commuters discovered quite a few such outlets had disappeared.

In May, landlord Vornado Realty Trust announced they'd be shuttering at least 10 fast-food establishments run by the Riese Organization, including KFC, Tim Hortons, Caruso's Pizza, Pizza Hut, and Haagen-Dazs. The plan was reportedly to replace the fast-food outlets, located near the Long Island Rail Road hub, with more upscale retail and eateries in hopes of improving the station's image as a cesspool of despair. "Everyone's first instinct is to get out of Penn Station," Jeff Gerlach, head of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Capital Planning, told Crain's in May. "It's claustrophobic; there's no natural light."

Still, commuters were reportedly pretty stunned to find a hefty number of joints boarded up on Friday. "This is not Penn Station without these stores open," LIRR commuter Christine told NBC New York. An MTA board member told Newsday that Vornado would not shutter all the fast-food establishments, but that improvements to he station were necessary. "We're trying to do everything we can to make the place a much nicer place, a much more convenient place. And this is the first phase of that," he said. "Closing a few of them is not closing all of them. We would hope that people would understand and have some patience."

Perhaps it's better to avoid eating in Penn Station anyway.