Sharon Stone, who runs the City Cafe in Centennial Hall, carries a tray of cookie dough to the oven Tuesday morning.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Sharon Stone, who runs the City Cafe in Centennial Hall, carries a tray of cookie dough to the oven Tuesday morning.

City Cafe vendors needed

Steamboat seeks proposals to run Centennial Hall food shop

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— Steamboat Springs is seeking vendors who want to feed hungry city workers, elected officials and the public.

The city is requesting proposals from people who would like to run the City Cafe, which sells breakfast, lunch and snacks at Centennial Hall on 10th Street. Restaurateur Sharon Stone has run the cafe for nearly two years and said she planned to bid again.

"We had a little bit of flux going on, and we thought this was a good time to put it out for bid," said Anne Small, Steamboat's purchasing and risk manager.

Stone said she took a break, shutting the cafe for two or three weeks near the holidays. She's back open for business.

"I love this cafe," she said. "I like being in business in this town; I love this town."

Stone had planned to open a restaurant in the Olde Milner Roadhouse on U.S. Highway 40 in Milner, but she said that didn't work out. She runs the City Cafe and caters.

At least one other vendor has expressed interest in running the cafe, Small said.

According to the request for proposals, "The City seeks a food service concessionaire to provide, at a minimum, 'coffee bar' type service with pastries and or other 'pre-made' food items served in the cafe. Alternative or various options suggested by potential concessionaire are invited."

Those interested must provide sample menus, and prices are subject to city approval. The small restaurant will continue to operate as the City Cafe regardless of who runs it, the request for proposals indicates. The city provides some equipment. The vendor must have insurance and must meet health regulations.

"We wish to appeal to the patrons of public meetings, special events and the general public" with the cafe, the request for proposals states.

Bids are due to Small by 5 p.m. Jan. 30. She can be reached at 970-871-8249 or asmall@steamboatsprings.net. The city suggests that people interested in running the cafe make arrangements with Small to inspect the facilities.

The city's purchasing department handles the contract, and the city manager will sign it, Small said.

If she gets the contract again, Stone doesn't plan to make changes. The cafe eventually will offer free wireless Internet, she said.

"It is what it is," she said. "It's a fun little coffee shop."

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