Boardwalk Foodie Opening This Season
The birth of this year’s beach season will now include the opening of three boardwalk concession stands and up to 20 mobile foods carts operated by the proprietor of Rockaway Taco, according to several local sources.
The opening of the concessions addresses a long-standing request by the community to have more amenities along the 6.4 miles of Rockaway beach. The vendor will operate the concession stands located at Beach 86 Street, Beach 97 Street and Beach 106 Street which must all be renovated and ready for business by the start of this beach season, sources close to the discussions have stated.
Foods will range from traditional choices such as hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream to more healthy and ethnically diverse options such as the items sold at the Rockaway Taco at Beach 96 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The Parks Department released a request for proposals last August and, according to the documents, was seeking a concessionaire for an eight-year term under the proposal’s conditions. In addition to the three concession stands, the RFP also called for a minimum of 12 and no more than 20 mobile food carts near entrance ramps of the boardwalk which was later amended to allow carts on the actual boardwalk as well.
According to the RFP, the vendor can only operate during the official beach season and may not sell before 7 a.m. and after 11 p.m. The RFP allows them to sell beach supplies such as chairs, blankets and towels as well. Several efforts to reach the Rockaway Taco proprietors were unsuccessful. Sources indicate that food choices, however, could feature menu contributions from several northern Brooklyn restaurants and even an establishment from Manhattan’s East Village.