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Specialty Carts

Specialty Carts

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SOLICITATION#
 
CWP
 – 
 
2011-A
R
EQUEST FOR
P
ROPOSALS
 
I
SSUE
D
ATE
:January 12
,
2011
M
ICHAEL
R
.
 
B
LOOMBERG
M
AYOR OF THE
C
ITY OF
N
EW
Y
ORK
 A
DRIAN
B
ENEPE
C
OMMISSIONER OF
P
ARKS
&
 
R
ECREATION
 E
LIZABETH
W
.
 
S
MITH
A
SSISTANT
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
R
EVENUE
&
 
M
ARKETING
 H
ECTOR
A
PONTE
B
OROUGH
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
B
RONX
P
ARKS
 K
EVIN
J
EFFREY
B
OROUGH
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
B
ROOKLYN
P
ARKS
 W
ILLIAM
T
.
 
C
ASTRO
B
OROUGH
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
M
ANHATTAN
P
ARKS
 D
OROTHY
L
EWANDOWSKI
B
OROUGH
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
Q
UEENS
P
ARKS
 A
DENA
L
ONG
B
OROUGH
C
OMMISSIONER FOR
S
TATEN
I
SLAND
P
ARKS
 
 
1
R
EQUEST FOR
P
ROPOSALS
(RFP)
The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks) requests proposals for the sale of specialtyfood from Mobile Food Units at various locations Citywide.Parks is seeking concessionaires for one (1) five-year term.
 
 No longer term will be considered. Theseconcessions will be operated pursuant to Permits issued by Parks; no leasehold or other proprietary rights areoffered.
P
ROJECT
M
ANAGER
 
The Project Manager for these concessions is Joel Metlen. All RFP questions and/or inquiries should bedirected to him. He may be reached at:
Phon
e
: (212) 360-1397Email: jo
e
l
.
m
e
tl
e
n@park
s
.
ny
c
.
govFax: (212) 360-3434If you hav
e
a h
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aring impairm
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nt
,
pl
e
a
s
e
 
c
all th
e
following toll-fr
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numb
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ommuni
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.
Th
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TDD numb
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r i
s
1-212-504-4115
.
 
RFP
 
T
IMETABLE
 
The following schedule has been established for this RFP:
RFP R
e
l
e
a
s
e
Dat
e
: W
e
dn
e
s
day
,
January 12
,
2011Propo
s
al Du
e
Dat
e
: Friday
,
F
e
bruary 25
,
2011 at 3:00 p
.
m
.
 If you hav
e
a phy
s
i
c
al di
s
ability and
c
annot d
e
liv
e
r your propo
s
al to th
e
Ar
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,
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s
e
 
c
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t th
e
Proj
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t Manag
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s
t 48 hour
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and alt
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mad
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.
 
I
.
 
P
ROJECT
C
OMPONENTS
 
In New York City, a person can walk down any street and find food from all corners of the globe, to suit all palates. Parks aspires to extend this bounty of flavor into the C
ity’s green spaces with the addition of 
specialty food vendors in park locations citywide. We invite you to propose your most inventive, excitingfood idea, whether it is a pushcart selling an assortment of healthful, fresh salads to people on the go, or amobile truck offering hot and cold delicacies from a distant homeland. Whatever the idea, we want to see it.Partner with us and contribute to the flourishing food culture of New York!
 
2
A
.
 
O
VERVIEW
 
Parks is seeking proposals for the sale of specialty food items from pushcarts, processing carts and mobiletrucks (herein collectively
referred to as “Mobile Food Unit”) at various locations
Citywide. For the purposes
of this RFP, “Mobile Food Unit” shall be defined as a self 
-contained service operation, located in a vehicleor a movable stand, self or otherwise propelled, used to store, prepare, display or serve food intended for individual portion service. Pushcarts, processing carts, and mobile trucks shall all be considered Mobile FoodUnits. The operations of these concessions are intended to be of a premium quality in terms of both MobileFood Unit design and menu content, making a significant improvement to the quality and ambience of the parks. Proposers may submit proposals for any or all of the approved vending locations, but must submit aseparate proposal and separate proposal deposit for each vending location they are interested in operating.Each vending location listed in Section I
(B) of this RFP is hereinafter referred to as “
Permitted Premises
or 
“vending location.”
 
Op 
ra 
ional Plan 
Proposers should submit a detailed operational plan for the entire Permitted Premises. This plan shouldinclude, but not be limited to, hours of operation, menu and prices, safety and security plans, storage plans,
any plans to use “Green Seal” or other environmentally friendly products or devices, mechanisms to measure
customer satisfaction, and maintenance, rubbish removal, and cleaning schedules.
All plans, schedules, menu items, prices and fees, and hours of operation are subject to Parks’ prior written
approval. In an effort to respect the surrounding neighborhoods, Parks has set forth specific operationalrestrictions for certain vending locations (see Section I(B) of this RFP). Proposers should take theserestrictions, as well as those outlined in the Mobile Food Unit section (below), into account when craftingtheir proposals. Parks will view favorably proposals that have limited utility needs. Proposers should keepthis in mind when submitting menus and creating proposals.
Hour 
f  
Op 
ra 
ion 
Each vendor may only operate during the hours that the park in which the Permitted Premises is located isopen as approved by Parks
. All hours of operation are subject to Parks’ prior written approval.
Each
concessionaire’s
Mobile Food Unit must vacate the Permitted Premises before the park closes; the MobileFood Unit may not remain at the Permitted Premises overnight.
nu 
Parks envisions high-quality specialty Mobile Food Units that give Park patrons places to stop and enjoy thescenery, while enjoying top quality food. Parks will view favorably menus that are inventive and interesting,serve a variety of options beyond hot dogs and pretzels, and that incorporate ethnically diverse and/or healthyfood choices. Menu items may include, but are not limited to, gourmet food products, premium coffees andteas, muffins, rolls, bagels, premium cookies, international and ethnic foods, soups, fruit, spring water, juicesand gelato. The food and service provided must be of high quality, yet affordable. Proposers should submit amenu with their proposals and should include some low-cost food items on their menus
.
 
Proposals shouldinclude a price list for each item to be sold.In an effort to respect the surrounding neighborhoods, Parks has set forth specific operational restrictions
(see “Vending Locations” section below), where applicable. Proposers should take these restrictions, a
s wellas those outlined in the Mobile Food Unit section (below), into account when crafting their proposals. Parkswill view favorably proposals that have limited utility needs. Proposers should keep this in mind whensubmitting menus and creating proposals.
Any and all items sold and prices are subject to Parks’
written approval.
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tri
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tly prohibit
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d
.
Each concessionairewill be required to adhere to and enforce this policy.

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