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Help wanted: Niagara County seeking restaurateur to operate golf course canteen


Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 05:05 pm
Nothing goes better after a round of golf than a good drink and a tasty meal, and Niagara County is looking for someone to cook it.
The county's purchasing division is issuing a request for proposal for a vendor to take on the operations of the Niagara County Golf Course's clubhouse restaurant, Commissioner of Public Works Garret A. Meal explained Friday morning.
"Our golf course remains a popular offering for the public, but to stay competitive it needs to have all the amenities golfers are looking for," Meal said. "That means offering a nice place to socialize and have a bite to eat after a round or nine holes."
Proposals to operate the concession will be due to the county 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28. In advance of that deadline, the county will host a pre-proposal site visit at the county golf course, 314 Davison Road, Lockport, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The Niagara County Legislature's infrastructure and facilities committee chairman, John Syracuse (Newfane) said the county is seeking applicants from throughout the region this year, hoping to find a vendor who "will maintain the same level of service our patrons expect."
"We want vendors to come out next Wednesday and visit the site, take a look at the kitchen, the equipment, the golf course itself, and determine if it's the kind of space they can operate - and improve," he said. "This is a primarily seasonal business, but past operators have utilized the space all year long, and we encourage any vendor taking on this task to consider a 12-month business plan if they can enhance their profitability."
The concessionaire is expected to be on-hand at the golf course from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during days when the course is open for play.
"We're hoping to find a vendor who believes they can provide quality and will see personal benefit from operating this space," Syracuse said.
Detailed proposal specifications and forms are available, upon request, at the Department of Management and Budget, division of purchasing, Philo J. Brooks County Office Building, 59 Park Ave., Lockport. Contact the division of purchasing by phone at 716-439-7200, or by email at [email protected].

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