Intermountain Region Issues Request for Expressions of Interest
The National Park Service is issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) concerning a concession business opportunity to provide food and beverage service within Bandelier National Monument. This RFEI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue a RFP in the future. At a minimum, the NPS would like a person or entity operating under a concession contract (concessioner) to provide seasonal food and beverage service in Building 17, a historic building in the Frijoles Canyon Historic District. The Concessioner would offer made-to-order breakfast and lunch items as well as pre-packaged, grab and go options for visitors who want to take food to go. Rather than full service dining, the NPS envisions a fast casual restaurant, in which patrons select food and drink items, either in cafeteria-type serving system or at a counter, and pay before seating themselves. In addition to the food and beverage service, the Concessioner may provide a limited array of retail merchandise in a small section of the assigned building and could choose to provide the following visitor services: beer and wine sales, bundled firewood sales (in the Monument's campgrounds), or hosting special events (such as educational workshops or live performances, after regular hours and with NPS approval). Historically and currently, concessioners have provided merchandise and souvenirs, including certified Native American handcrafts, made to order and prepackaged foods, non-alcoholic beverages, and bundled firewood. The existing concession contract will end December 31, 2016.
The NPS asks interested parties to provide recommendations regarding and/or expressions of interest in operating this proposed business opportunity no later than July 8, 2016, via email to Jennifer Parker, Chief of Concessions, Intermountain Region. To learn more about Bandelier National Monument, please visit www.nps.gov/band.