It's official and it's a banner headline front page above the fold. The City will operate the Arena concession stand. The media learned last Friday the City was seeking the Health Department permit on the day Councilman Cody Horbacz said it was common knowledge.
Yet for over a week the impression stood that users of the Arena would have to find their own vendor. I have had someone inquire whether I could help them sell food at a certain event, and I told them a week ago the City was doing it.
The notion of outside vendors didn't pan out. The democracy of the marketplace spoke and while I had said as much for some time, it's not a case of 'I told you so.' Yesterday while chatting with the Mayor, I complimented him on the decision to pass on the bids and move ahead with the current course.
The City is hiring part time people to staff the stand and will gradually enhance the menu over time. Other decisions can always be made in time, but for now a wise decision will result in the public being served and that's what comes first.