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Monday, April 16, 2012

Roosevelt Island's Version Of The River Cafe May Be Coming To Subway Pier This Summer - Dining Under The Queensboro Bridge Instead Of Brooklyn Bridge With Fantastic NYC East River Waterfront Views

NYC East River Waterfront View At Night From Roosevelt Island Subway Pier

Will East River waterfront dining be coming to Roosevelt Island's Subway Pier this summer? Imagine being able to sit, relax and eat some good food right next to the East River with these stunning NYC Skyline, Waterfront and Queensboro Bridge views in the evening


You Tube Video of NYC Waterfront Skyline at Night

and during the day.



Well, that may actually happen this summer because the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) has issued a Request For Proposals:
... for the sale of high quality food items on the west promenade of Roosevelt Island. The designated location will be licensed to one successful proposer....

... the aforementioned concession services for one (1) season from May 15, 2012 through October 15, 2012. Due to the pilot nature of this project, a longer term will not be considered at this time...

... RIOC envisions a quality, affordable specialty concession service that gives patrons a place to stop and enjoy the scenery, while enjoying top quality food. RIOC will view favorably menus that are inventive and interesting, and that incorporate diverse and/or healthy food choices. Menu items may include, but are not limited to, gourmet food products, barbeque, premium coffees and teas, muffins, rolls, bagels, premium cookies, international and ethnic foods, soups, fruit, spring water, juices and gelato. Proposers should submit a menu with their proposals and should include some low-cost food items on their menus. Proposals should include a price list for each item to be sold.

Any and all items sold and prices are subject to RIOC’s prior written approval. The selling and/or advertisement of cigarettes, cigars, any other tobacco products, or alcohol is strictly prohibited. The successful proposer will be required to adhere to and enforce this policy....

... A mandatory pre-bid site visit will be held on April 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM. A brief meeting for will take place at 591 Main Street at the appointed time, a walkthrough of the site will follow....
Click here for the entire RIOC RFP for the Operation of a Waterfront Food Concession on the West Promenade of Roosevelt Island. Below is a location map for the Subway Pier Area from Appendix A of the RFP


Here's a view from above the Subway Pier.


Wouldn't that be great!

17 comments :

Ratso123 said...

How can any business operate a concession beginning May 12 unless they already know that they have been awarded the contract?  This article appears to be asking people to submit proposals after a pre-bid meeting on April 17 if they are interested.  Will there be enough time to have this concession this summer?

mogensjp said...

Even though some potential candidates may be able to deal with the long boiler plate RFP during this busy season for accountants
I doubt that many candidates will be lured on such short notice
and wonder IF there was a shorter version for the IceCream Truck
 

CheshireKitty said...

The only way they could make this work is if there was a semi-permanent pavillion/tent to shelter patrons.  The setting sun at that spot is brutal in the warm weather and there is not much shelter from the sun.  I'm a little worried about encroaching commercialization of public space, a public park.  If we're talking about a food truck, with some tables and chairs set out, that's fine.  But a takeover of the space by a restaurant or food concession - no.  

YetAnotherRIer said...

The RIOC will review the menu? What the....? Also, what are the chances that one certain already existing establishment will get the contract? Considering that a kitchen has to be installed somewhere (it could be a food truck, I guess) it just has to be an existing restaurant on RI.

Westviewer said...

Even though I welcome commercialization, I'm not holding my breath for this. 

Oblomova said...

Great point!

Oblomova said...

great point!

mogensjp said...

It would be interesting if RIOC would disclose the number of people attending the pre-bid visit and tour yesterday or
ended up with a sole source procurement (suspect the latter)

RooseveltIslander said...

the meeting was attended by me and the Riverwalk Bar owners

YetAnotherRIer said...

Looks like Riverwalk Bar & Grill will swoop in to the rescue... again. They already run the concession stand at the Manhattan Park Pool. Looks like they are becoming the number one food  services provider on RI.

Oblomova said...

I really hope not. Monopolizing is not nice! Their food is subpar, the pizza guys are rude and can't stop flirting, River Walk Bar and Grill so totally obnoxious! 

roozevelt said...

That space is infrequently used anyway.  Let the guys from Riverwalk try it out.  If anybody can try to make it work, I bet they can.

Ratso123 said...

What was the result of the April 17th meeting about the outside food concessions?  Who was awarded the contract?  How much "rent" do they have to pay?  What kind of food will they have, etc., etc.?

RooseveltIslander said...

the meeting was intended only to be a Q&A with no decisions made. Response to RFP is May 1 and then RIOC decides what they want to do.

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