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National Park Service looking for food vendor for Navy Yard building

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 1, 2013 04:34 PM

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The National Park Service is looking for a new business to serve food and drinks in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The Service has issued a prospectus advertising the opportunity to run a food and beverage concession in the Navy Yard’s Building 10.

The historic building, which is part of the Boston National Historical Park, is adjacent to America’s Ship of State USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young, and the USS Constitution Museum.

It is currently being rehabilitated and when the project is complete the building will have a new slate roof, new copper gutters and downspouts, exterior brick pointing, restored wood windows, new aluminum storm windows, new fixtures and finishes in the restrooms, and newly painted restrooms.

Building 10 has a sit-down dining service on the second floor that can also be used to serve box lunches to groups, and an outdoor deck with views of USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young, Dry Dock 1, Boston Harbor, and the Bunker Hill Monument that can seat about 60 people.

Over 1.8 million people visited the Charlestown Navy Yard in 2012.

The Park Service said it is looking for a concessioner that will offer a variety of food and beverages that appeal to a wide range of visitors, including vegans, vegetarians, and children; use locally grown food whenever possible; and fresh locally grown produce.

The concessioner would also work with National Park Service rangers and education specialists “to develop ways to convey interpretive messages to visitors on park-related themes and topics such as resource protection, NPS values, and how current menu items compare to traditional shipyard worker meals,” the Park Service said in an announcement of the prospectus.

The contract is expected to be effective from January 2014 to December 31, 2023.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 18, 2013. Interested businesses have until Wednesday, May 2 to register for a site visit.

Additional information is available online or by contacting concessions specialist Josh Yocum, at (215) 597-1904.

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