TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — Tompkins County has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a new supplier to operate the cafe, bar and gift shop at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. Local businesses in the restaurant industry are encouraged to respond and join county staff for a mandatory site visit and a visit is scheduled for all potential bidders at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the airport, 1 Culligan Drive, Ithaca NY 14850 at the corner bar.
The business opportunity includes a fully equipped kitchen, service area and sales area on the unsecured side, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and bar area on the secure door area. Businesses may choose to use the kitchen space to operate an additional catering operation. Approximately 200,000 passengers pass through the airport each year, in addition to 150 employees from other terminal vendors and airport staff and 1,400 employees at the nearby Cornell Business and Technology Park.
Proposals will be evaluated by Tompkins County based on potential benefits to the airport and flying public, relevant operational experience, ability to contribute to county sustainability initiatives, revenue projections and financial credentials. .
Lisa Holmes, Tompkins County Acting Administrator, said: “This is a great opportunity for a local business to expand its presence in the area and develop a creative menu and package of offerings for the airport. Our airport is a welcoming space recently renovated and our team continues to grow and develop our air service. Holmes continued, “Thanks to The Ithaca Coffee Company for their previous exploitation of the space and for helping to design several aspects of the renovation.”
Proposals will be accepted until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Responses to this RFP and any other required documents must be submitted online on the Tompkins County website at: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/purchase. Once on the website, select “Open Solicitations” which will take you to BidNetDirect where information about the tender is published to the public. Bidders who do not or cannot obtain Internet access should contact the Procurement Division, by email (preferably), [email protected] or by phone, (607) 274-5500 for further instructions on submitting proposals.
A mandatory site visit is scheduled for all potential bidders and will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, 1 Culligan Drive, Ithaca NY 14850 in the bar area. All space allocated under this agreement will be available for a visit / inspection.