2010-08-20 / Community

Parks Department Seeks Boardwalk Foodie

Will Run 3 Snack Bars, 20 Mobile Carts
By Howard Schwach

The snack bar on Beach 86 Street and the boardwalk is one of those that will be renovated and reopened under the Parks Department RFP. The snack bar on Beach 86 Street and the boardwalk is one of those that will be renovated and reopened under the Parks Department RFP. If you are interested in food that provides “quality, variety and affordability,” the boardwalk might be the place to visit next summer.

The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has put out a request for a single vendor to run three snack bars and up to 20 mobile carts on or near the boardwalk.

In addition, the concessionaire that gets the nod will be able to rent beach equipment such as beach chairs and umbrellas as well.

The three existing boardwalk snack bars, located at Beach 86 Street, Beach 97 Street and Beach 106 Street, will all have to be renovated and restocked by the winning bidder and there is a 63-page list of rules that they will have to live by.

While there is no indication of what locations the mobile food carts would stake out, the city’s Request for Proposals (RFP) makes it clear that the carts must do business off the boardwalk, on the nonbeach side of the boardwalk near entrance ramps.

In addition, food hawkers would be allowed to work the beach, but would be restricted to a specific set of items that they could sell, including packaged drinks and snacks.

As for alcoholic beverages, they are permitted in the three snack bars, but that alcohol consumption “must be kept discreet and the alcohol must be served in cordoned-off areas in the immediate vicinity of the snack bar.

The RFP says that the department “will view favorably proposals which incorporate ethnically diverse and/or healthy food choices, such as salads, fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts, granola bars, protein bars, bottled water, juices and smoothies.”

Some of the other items cleared for sale by Parks are hot dogs, sausage, pretzels, pretzel dogs, knishes, pre-packaged empanadas, potato chips and Red Bull.

The pushcarts may also have a freezer cart attachment, in which case the vendor can sell pre-packaged ice cream specialties.

None of the pushcarts will be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages.

Those who are interested in bidding for the Parks concession will be given a tour of the sites at 2 p.m. on August 20.

Proposals are due to the Parks Department by September 13, and a decision will be made at a later date.

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