RFP for Restaurant at Tavern on the Green
January 2, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel
Parks & Recreation has announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation and maintenance of a restaurant and outdoor café at Tavern on the Green, located in Central Park just west of the Sheep Meadow near 67th Street. All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted by no later than Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Parks will hold a recommended proposer meeting and site tour on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
The release announcing the RFP, At Tavern on the Green, describes a casual restaurant, outdoor café, and bar that will honor the original design intent of the Olmsted and Vaux park plan and exist in harmony with its naturalistic park setting. The building is currently being restored by the NYC to a smaller, more historic footprint. The City is performing significant structural and exterior work, allowing a future concessionaire the opportunity to focus on building out the interior to meet their specifications.
Parks will evaluate proposals based on several specific criteria listed in the RFP, including the planned operations for the restaurant, the proposer’s operating experience, the plans for capital improvements, the fee offered to the City, and the proposer’s financial capability. Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained through Friday, March 30, 2012, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located in the Arsenal at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room
407, just inside Central Park at East 64th Street.
To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities.