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RFQ issued for park café operator at redeveloped Rash Field in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Rash Field is comprised of 7.5 acres of waterfront parkland on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, along Key Highway between the Maryland Science Center and the Rusty Scupper Restaurant. (Submitted photo)

Rash Field is comprised of 7.5 acres of waterfront parkland on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, along Key Highway between the Maryland Science Center and the Rusty Scupper Restaurant. (Submitted photo)

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore Development Corporation and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks on Wednesday issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) from restaurateurs and food purveyors to operate the waterfront café at Rash Field Park, which is currently in development on the south side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The waterfront café will be about 1,200 square feet with about 70 feet of storefront, opening onto a pedestrian plaza with a unique shade structure that offers outdoor seating opportunities. The cafe will be delivered as a “warm, lit shell” and the café operator will be responsible for all improvements required to accommodate their proposed use. Restrooms will also be provided with a separate entrance.

The selected respondent may apply for a liquor license for this location in partnership with Waterfront Partnership. If approved by the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City, the operator may serve beer, wine and liquor from Monday through Sunday until 11 p.m.

After review of the responses, Waterfront Partnership, Baltimore Development Corporation and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will invite select respondents to submit a specific proposal through a subsequent request for proposals (RFP).

The full RFQ can be found online at www.waterfrontpartnership.org and responses are due no later than noon on June 18.

Rash Field is composed of 7.5 acres of waterfront parkland on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, along Key Highway between the Maryland Science Center and the Rusty Scupper Restaurant. The cafe and park will reside within the 2.5-acre Phase 1 area currently under construction. Rash Field, including the Park space, is owned by Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is the steward of Rash Field, as well as the Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Harbor Point and Fell’s Point, and Federal Hill Park. Beginning in 2015, Waterfront Partnership and its partners have been working with local communities on a two-phased redevelopment of Rash Field.

The first phase of the redevelopment will include a nature park, an adventure park, a dedicated skatepark, a shade lawn and a pavilion featuring the waterfront cafe and a green roof overlook, all scheduled to be completed in October of 2021.

The city has contributed more than $10.6 million toward design and construction costs and Waterfront Partnership has raised an additional $4.3 million from the state and more than $2 million from private sources. Fundraising efforts continue for the Park through www.rashfield.org.

Whiting-Turner serves as the construction manager and general contractor, and Mahan Rykiel Associates leads the design team.


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