Portland seeks food vendors to set up in public spaces

In this May 2013 file photo, April Garcia greets customers in her El Corazon food truck on Spring Street in Portland.
In this May 2013 file photo, April Garcia greets customers in her El Corazon food truck on Spring Street in Portland. Buy Photo
Posted April 30, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The city of Portland is seeking to spice up some of its public spaces.

In particular, the city is looking for food vendors to begin populating locations such as the Back Cove Trail, Lincoln Park and the East End Beach, spreading Portland’s culinary scene to public gathering places.

The move follows in the footsteps of the high-traffic Fort Williams Park in nearby Cape Elizabeth, where food vendors have become a popular part of a landscape that also includes swimming, kite-flying and visits to Portland Head Light.

Less than two years after legalizing food trucks within the borders of Portland, the city has issued a request for proposals from food trucks interested in serving concessions in Congress Square, the Deering Oaks parking lot, Western Promenade and Kiwanis Pool parking lot, in addition to the Back Cove Trail location.

The city is seeking proposals from push cart vendors to serve food in some of those same locations, plus Lincoln Park and East End Beach.

“The exact location for carts and trucks will be determined by site visits with city representatives upon awarding of any contract,” Wednesday’s announcement stated. “It is the intent of the city to have vendors offer to the public a variety of food products at reasonable cost.”

The city will accept sealed proposals from vendors in its purchasing office until 3 p.m. May 21, when the proposals are scheduled to be opened publicly.

For copies of the request-for-proposals document, call Jim Lobley at 874-8654 or email jrl@portlandmaine.gov.

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