The Ocean Grille at Rye Town Park, overlooking Oakland Beach, is now open. (Video by Mark Vergari/lohud)
RYE – The Rye Town Park Commission hopes to hire an operator to run the park’s three food locations â one restaurant and two concession standsÂ âÂ for at least the next decade.
The commission, made up of officials from Rye Town, Rye City, Rye Brook and Port Chester, issuedÂ a July 5 Request for ProposalÂ seeking bids to manage the three locations, all of which overlook Oakland Beach.Â Responses are due by Aug. 28.
“We’re looking forward to receiving multiple bids for this extraordinary location,” said Rye Town Park Commissioner Gary Zuckerman.
In May, Assemblyman Steve OtisÂ and Sen. George Latimer, both Rye Democrats,Â submitted proposedÂ legislationÂ in their respective houses that wouldÂ allow the commission to negotiate food-service contracts for up to 20 years.
Currently, state law requires it to seek special state approval before the commission can offer any contract beyond three years.
The legislation passed both houses this month, and is awaiting approval from Gov.Â Andrew Cuomo.
“The contract could run up toÂ 20 years assuming Cuomo signs the legislation,” Zuckerman said. “If he doesn’t, we won’t be able to entertain a long-term contract.”
This summer,Â Homestyle Caterers is running Ocean Grille, the waterfront restaurant that overlooks the Long Island Sound and replaced Seaside Johnnies, along with the concession areas.
Homestyle CaterersÂ is operating under a one-year agreement, paying $92,000 to the commission to operate this season.
The park, which is on…