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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

City of Ocala seeking company to lease, operate cafe inside Mary Sue Rich Community Center

The City of Ocala is looking for a qualified company to lease and operate a 185 square-foot cafe inside the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place, which is currently under construction.

The request for proposals is currently posted through the City of Ocala’s Procurement and Contracting Office and runs through 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.

According to the scope of work outlined in the request, the cafe area is intended to provide healthy and affordable grab-and-go or quick-service breakfast, lunch, and beverage options for the daily users of the community center. The cafe’s operator will have access to a shared 965 square-foot commercial kitchen.

At least 50% of the menu’s entrees must include healthy options for breakfast and lunch. The suggested food items for the menu include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Beverages: coffee, tea, juices, healthy smoothies, breakfast beverages, and bottled drinks.
  • Breakfast: sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit, and grab-and-go cereals.
  • Lunch: sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and fresh fruit.

The menu may include static entrees along with daily or weekly off-menu special items, and the final menu must include nutritional information, including the total number of calories.

In addition to the cafe, the Mary Sue Rich Community Center, which is located at 1812 NW 21st Avenue in Ocala, will have a full schedule of daily and weekly recreational and sports programming, a branch of the Marion County Public Library, and a rental banquet hall.

The grand opening of the Mary Sue Rich Community Center is expected in early December of 2022, and it will be open seven days a week: Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Sunday (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

For more information on this request, or to view others, visit the City of Ocala Procurement and Contracting Office webpage.