City To Release RFP for Restaurant at LOVE Park Welcome Center | Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

City To Release RFP for Restaurant at LOVE Park Welcome Center | Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

PHILADELPHIA– Philadelphia Parks & Recreation these days announced plans to situation a Request for Proposals for restaurateurs fascinated in producing a special food and eating working experience in the iconic Like Park Welcome Centre, offered by St Gobain.

The Welcome Center’s beloved mid-century contemporary aesthetic not too long ago gained a $5.6 million renovation and rehabilitation, which includes a contribution of around $700,000 from the St. Gobain Corporations to restore the iconic crystal clear sights the construction gives of City Hall and Fairmount Park alongside the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The renovations had been finished as aspect of the Enjoy Park renovation, and replicate the City and community’s robust need to retain the beloved “Flying Saucer.” 

The 5,500 sq. foot framework was renovated to host a dining provider that could seat about 185 diners on three levels. The round dining area features provider for 50-55 men and women, with an more 35 seats accessible on the deck. The patio area wraps about substantially of the construction and seats an extra 100 men and women, providing alternatives for an prolonged outside year. Other renovations include things like:

  • full rehabilitation/reconstruction of construction, ways and ramp
  • new railings
  • Installation of 2,500 square feet of tailor made energy effective structural glazing created by St. Gobain
  • a new roof
  • new wall tiles to restore first style and design
  • new utility infrastructure and fittings ideal for a industrial kitchen
  • new mechanical, electrical, fireplace alarm and plumbing programs
  • new restrooms, doors, frames, and interior finishes

“The enchantment of Appreciate Park is on comprehensive show when once again this spring, with unique activities, weekly packages, and common visitors,” claimed Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “A uniquely Philly dining practical experience functioning out of the The Welcome Center will be the perfect complement to the art, facilities, and ambiance readers and inhabitants can expect when checking out Appreciate Park, our gateway to Fairmount Park.”

The Town seeks the adhering to standards in a concessionaire:

  • expertise making unique food stuff and beverage ideas, overseeing style and design (interior match out) and operating superior quality food stuff and alcoholic beverage functions
  • a exceptional topic and a menu, company and location that is remarkable to all those of close by restaurants and cafés
  • a vision for a blend of sit down and rapid-provide service

“The Welcome Middle is suitable for a lively just after operate assembly spot for small plates and beer, wine and cocktails. We are so thrilled to welcome a visionary food items and consume operator into this Philadelphia treasure and eventually allow for the ‘Flying Saucer’ to comprehend its likely as a sought-soon after eating location for locals and readers alike,” explained Commissioner Ott Lovell.

The RFP was printed now, March 23, and is accessible right here. Proposals from interested organizations are due Friday, May possibly 12. 


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