Got a look today at the bid specs for the Fairgrounds concession stand. I ask for a copy as a business owner.
It's a $9500 minimum bid for a 16 month gig and $7500 for annual renewals after that. The vendor would also have to equip the facility for the most part and meet other stipulations, like insurances, references, financial records, proposed menus and more. And the contract can be terminated on a moments notice.
There's a lot of risk, given the up front costs for equipment. But if you get in, the new facility could prove to be a busy place. In the end it would be a rather subjective decision, especially if no one offered the amount asked.
We will see what happens. Bids are to be opened January 6th, with the Arena open on or about March 1.
Council voted to farm the concession out on recommendation of staff.