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Brooklyn Bridge Park's Garden Bar May Close After This Season

By Alexandra Leon | September 30, 2016 8:15am
 The Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar could close after this season after its contract with the park expires.
The Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar could close after this season after its contract with the park expires.
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DUMBO — Brooklyn Bridge Park's Garden Bar could be closing after this season as its contract is set to expire. 

The park is looking for a new food and drink operator to take over the Garden Bar's concession stand at Pier 1 Terrace, near Old Fulton and Furman streets, according to a request for proposals (RFP) released earlier this month.

“The Pier 1 Terrace Concession offers a unique opportunity to cater to a wide variety of customers from its premier location at the confluence of DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn,” the request reads. “[Brooklyn Bridge Park] is seeking a concessionaire tenant who will build-out, operate, and maintain the concession at the highest standards, making a significant contribution to the quality and ambience of the Park.”

The Garden Bar, which has been open since 2010, would leave after this year if it chooses not to submit a proposal. A spokeswoman for the park said it wasn't clear if the restaurant would reapply.

"Whichever operator is selected, we expect the concession to be up and running by next season," spokeswoman Belinda Cape said in an email.

A representative for the Garden Bar could not immediately be reached for comment. 

The potential new restaurant would be taking over the 2,700-square-foot space for a 10-year term with the option for a three-year renewal.

Prospective new concession operators should submit menus that offer quality, variety and affordability, according to the RFP. 

The new concession would be allowed to serve alcohol, pending approval from the New York State Liquor Authority.

The park will favor proposals that can operate seven days a week during the summer months, but only during park hours from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The park will hold an information session and site visit on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. 

Proposals are due on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. For more information on how to apply, click here.