With the opening just around the bend, City Hall is hoping a vendor will step up to run the Fairgrounds Arena snack bar. A previous solicitation for bids received no takers , so this time there is no requirement to pay for the franchise which lasts till August , 2017.
City staff will make a qualitative judgment and recommend to Council which vendor gets the gig.
Bidders have till March 10 to submit and must provide extensive proof of insurance, a menu, proof of performance, and ability to obtain all regulatory approval quickly.
Bidders have not seen the concession area or inspected the capabilities, although I assume tours are available.
The bid packet was sent to some forty vendors including large restaurants and chains. Whether anyone bids will be the result of analysis on whether you can make money doing it. A private vendor has more staging issues in running an adjunct operation there, but many existing restaurants also have back up inventory and kitchen facilities.
According to this article, some vendors have been talked to and its assumed there is a certainty of bids this time.
Council recently considered and rejected plans for a more elaborate concession stand, althouth it is unknown how much the plans cost.
The City has some limited food service equipment although a vendor would likely have to make improvements and purchase more equipment.
I believe any such improvements and the infrastructure to support them is at the vendor's expense.
Meanwhile, the renovated building is attracting attention and the public, or at least some of it, seems anxious to see what's inside.