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City to Launch New Cafe and Gourmet Cart in Central Park

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Central Park: The Parks Department has just released a request for proposals (RFP) for two new food operations in Central Park. The first is an outdoor cafe at Mineral Springs, located between West 69th and 70th right near the Sheep Meadow. The other plan: a food cart with seating at the Arcade at Bethesda Terrace (West 72nd St). The Parks Dept. seeks "premium quality in terms of both design and menu," so they're not expecting just any old chicken and rice cart.

The separate venues can be operated by two distinct entities, and the El Chods and Donaold Trumps should remember, if this is too low end, the Dept. is also looking for someone to run the Tavern on the Green space. See the full release and details below, and leave your own suggestions for the best vendors to run the space (Daisy May's, Calexico?) in the comments:

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has released a Request for Proposals for the renovation, operation and maintenance of an outdoor cafe at Mineral Springs and a Request for Proposals for the operation of a high-quality specialty cart with seating at the Arcade at Bethesda Terrace, which are both located in Central Park.

“Central Park is one of the world’s premier open spaces and the public backyard for New Yorkers and visitors to our great city,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “By seeking concessionaires to operate an outdoor cafe at Mineral Springs and a high-quality specialty cart with seating at Bethesda Terrace, we are giving people yet another reason to extend their visit to Central Park, which has never looked better thanks to the stewardship of the Central Park Conservancy.”

Mineral Springs is located between 69th and 70th Streets and between Terrace Drive and the Sheep Meadow. Bethesda Terrace is located below the 72nd Street Transverse Road in Central Park. Parks expects the concessions to be of a premium quality in terms of both design and menu. Further, Parks is seeking concessionaires who will operate and maintain the concessions at the highest standards, making a significant improvement to the quality and ambience of the park.

All proposals submitted in response to the outdoor cafe RFP are due no later than 3:00 pm on March 24, and proposals for the specialty cart RFP are due no later than 3:00 pm on March 16. Parks’ solicitations are available for download through our website. To download a solicitation, interested parties should visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities and click on the “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link.

In addition to the two RFPs, throughout the year, Parks’ Revenue Division issues several solicitations for the operation of snack bars, café’s, specialty food carts and restaurants.

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