Wednesday, January 6, 2016

No Bids For Arena Concession | WWNY TV

        In a constructive  way , I would suggest operating the stand as in the past for the initial opening and in the meantime formulate a vision for what you are trying to accomplish with food service at the Arena.
       With an improved facility there is value added to the area of concessions compared to the old snack bar operated successfully by the City the last five years.
      The types of events and social functions likely warrant a grill and deep fryer. There needs to be a decision made on the fountain service put in.  The facility in total will be very nice but the City continues to struggle with issues of food and beverage.
        Families visiting expect and will pay for good product and a good atmosphere. It's really a case of taking the experience to a new level.
       The results so far were not unexpected.  The matter has been plagued by lawyers and politics and a decision is needed to ensure a successful roll out to a facility many will enjoy and be proud of.
        I am speaking more as a person with experience in food and beverage and not as an ex pol.

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12 comments:

Ima said...

If I were in the food service business, I'd make sure we had a hockey team before bidding on this. Unless it was not my money, then I'd have no problem spending $10,000,000.00

Anonymous said...

The arena that keeps on giving. No guaranteed users..hockey teams?? No beer, can't wait to bid on this disaster. Obviously it wasn't all that successful or the city that loves to collect wouldn't be giving up the income stream by screwing some outsider into thinking..HEY, let's do this, there is money to be made. Have the fair do it, they are a not for profit, have volunteers, they would be perfect. Popcorn for everybody. And, they have a beer license. Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Not even the capability to make a poutine? Really!.

Looks like a goal for the next renovation.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the city builds a deck for the stand to use? Now that would be interesting.

How can they look the taxpayer in the eye and say "Oops"??? Where was the oversight?

Anonymous said...

This public bid is the same value you are getting when you sell city property at an auction. The best way to handle it would be to have a sales person or broker contact people to run it and negotiate with them and consult with them. Set the rent at a cash plus royalty and give them a long term contract.

It is good that you quit pushing to have union employee city workers with pensions run the thing. Soon to be $15/hr min too.

Anonymous said...

With the extra staff put on in Parks and Rec there is no reason why it can't be done in-house. They have had several months to research and be ready and yet now we scramble with no vision! What have they been doing with nothing in operation? One has to wonder why prices in previous Arena were sky high almost double on some items compared to other Arenas and labor costs were said to be very high to operate, if not wanting to run it was Admin's goal? If the city doesn't run it will staff be reduced? Will labor costs in the Arena go down? We all know the answers! NO! New mayor should make the Parks Office run until a good profitable plan that makes sense is better for us tax payers!

Anonymous said...

You guys don't have the business acumen and aren't clever enough to come up with the right answers, so the obvious answer is to copy what some place else is doing. Where does this perfect concession stand exist that serves similar size and scope of an audience, that meets your "taking the experience to a new level" of food service?

I can't think of a worse place to invest than a place that has such unpredictable and variable customer traffic, coupled with having to deal with the city.

Anonymous said...

More proof that governments don't make good business decisions. Why on earth would anybody pay ten grand to run a business could barely cover operating expenses? If the city wants to host a lousy concession stand then let bidders propose the upfront fee and what items they might serve.

Anonymous said...

use it for a Dog Park and make some people happy. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Is it commonplace in areas of this size to have so much news and basically non positive info. coming out of a recreational facility? Let's hope that as time goes on we have different events and news stories to read about apart from a city run facility that apparently is screwing the public. The guy talking on Z93 hit it on the head. Is this lady serious? Who hires these people? Mr. Butler has a lot to do to rectify this as Mr. Donovan would say...boondoggle.

Anonymous said...

This arena was a very expensive, poorly planned and thought out, as well as costly but again poorly engineered building that was done with little to no support from the community as a whole.
Looks like some wanted to leave a legacy and then sit back and snipe on how the current council is failing on running it properly.

Anonymous said...

Maybe just take a fixed percentage of profits made every year instead of a fee up front?