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Rye Town Park Seeks Bids For New Beachfront Restaurant

It was quiet outside Seaside Johnnies at Rye Town Park on Thursday, but workers have been going in and out of the popular restaurant this week. A voicemail message said the eatery will reopen in April although other media reported contact problems.
It was quiet outside Seaside Johnnies at Rye Town Park on Thursday, but workers have been going in and out of the popular restaurant this week. A voicemail message said the eatery will reopen in April although other media reported contact problems. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

RYE, N.Y. -- Seaside Johnnies left its beach front restaurant in Rye after 17 years and the town is now looking for a new eatery to take its place.

The Rye Town Park Commission (RTPC) is seeking food providers for the 2017 season. Letters of interest are requested from qualified vendors to provide all or part of food service and related amenities for park patrons in the spring/summer season of 2017.

The selected company or companies would take over the facilities formerly occupied by Seaside Johnnies. These include a beach side restaurant, beach shop and snack bar located next to the park’s iconic Administration Building, Pavilions and Bath House. In addition there is a second snack bar located at the north entrance of the park.

Seaside Johnnies reportedly packed up Friday after failing to reach a contract agreement with the town, the Daily Voice reported on Sunday.

Related: Seaside Johnnies Abandons Its Rye Beachfront Eatery After 17 Years

The restaurant comprises approximately 1,260 square feet plus a bar of 1,581square feet and 3,176 square foot outdoor terrace. Proposals may be for one, some, or all of the facilities.

Included in the letter of interest would be the following:

  • A formal expression of interest;
  • A concept of the use of the space(s);
  • A summary of experience and ability to operate;
  • A statement of readiness to commence operations on or about May 1, 2017;
  • A proposed fee arrangement.

The RTPC is also planning an extensive search for a long-term licensee for 2018 and beyond. A formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will commence early next year.

Rye Town Park consists of 62 acres and is located at 95 Dearborn Avenue in the City of Rye. The park is directly south of Playland Amusement Park.

Letters of interest, including the above details, should be emailed to Deborah Reisner, Chief-of-Staff/Confidential Secretary, DReisner@TownofRyeNY.com, or mailed to her attention at Town of Rye, Suite 302, 222 Grace Church St., Port Chester, NY 10573, on or before Thursday, Jan. 12.

For further information check the town's website or contact Reisner at 914-939-3075, ext. 101 or DReisner@TownofRyeNY.com.

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