OPERATION OF RETAIL STORE/FOOD CONCESSIONS/EVENT/GUEST SERVICES/EVENT CATERING/CUSTODIAL SERVICE FOR THE FRENCH LEGATION STATE HISTORIC SITE
THC is seeking creative proposals from quality operators with solid backgrounds in the food service industry. THC’s intention is for the concessions to complement the aesthetic, historic themes, and educational mission of the French Legation site while providing front-end visitor services and amenities during daily site operations.
The selected operators would also serve as the site’s preferred caterer for private facility rentals and in-house special events. These services will include operating a retail store, admissions ticketing, and janitorial services for the visitor center.
The French Legation State Historic Site is the oldest documented structure in the city of Austin. Completed in 1841 as a French diplomatic outpost to the Republic of Texas, the site’s original 21.5 acres was later sold by the Robertson family and supported the growth of a diverse neighborhood of freedmen and immigrants in the late 19th century.
The newly renovated and expanded visitor center will feature:
- 620 square feet of interior public space for a service counter, retail space, and service seating
- 435 square feet of “back of house” space for a prep kitchen, storage, and two mop closets. Electrical outlets, drains, and water feeds for other necessary appliances are installed, but appliances are not included.
- 1,250-gallon grease trap capacity
- 500 square feet of exterior deck space for service seating on the east side of the visitor center facing San Marcos Street
- Afterhours operations at the site may include:
- Facility rentals for both private and public events on the grounds or in the buildings.
- Programs, events, and classes provided by THC staff and partner organizations.
Responses to this RFP must be submitted to THC by 2:00 PM CST on August 7, 2020. Through this RFP process, THC hopes to capture the diversity and cultural history of East Austin by featuring fresh, local ingredients, community craftspeople, artists, and community partnerships.