Kentucky has moved forward with efforts to create a public-private partnership to manage food services and retail operations at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The state issued a request for proposal Wednesday, describing these primary needs:
- KHP is seeking a vendor to deliver a culinary experience with a high quality, dynamic food and beverage operation to serve both indoor and outdoor areas on the KHP premises. The vendors should address in a Capital Investment Plan for the replacement and update of equipment and catering facilities on KHP premises.
- KHP is seeking a vendor to enhance the guest experience by providing quality merchandise, pricing, pleasant atmosphere, innovative online purchasing, marketing, and attractive displays. The vendor will successfully manage the gift shop as well as a mobile retail service. The vendors should address in a Capital Investment Plan for the replacement and update of displays, equipment, and retail service area on the KHP premises.
Currently, Levy Restaurants Inc. has a concession and catering contract that expires Nov. 30, 2017, and Horse Park staff manage a 2,000-square-foot gift shop that has generated about $1.2 million in annual revenue over the last 5 years.
For those interested in responding to the RFP, a site visit is planned for July 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Visitors Center. Proposals are due by 3:30 p.m. July 31.
Click here to view the entire RFP.