Food and beverage vendors, bring your business to Governors Island!

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The Trust for Governors Island is seeking new concessionaires to join our lineup of delicious vendors. Food and beverage establishments are now invited to submit proposals on a rolling basis to operate on Governors Island in 2021.

The Trust offers flexible, high-traffic stationary sites for buildout of semi-permanent structures, opportunities for mobile food carts, and locations for mobile food trucks. In addition to seasonal on-Island vending opportunities, the Trust is seeking a concessionaire to operate a year-round café kiosk space in the lobby of the Battery Maritime Building, the Island’s primary Manhattan ferry terminal. Operators should consider which type of site best suits their business and offerings—proposals are also welcome for alternative locations not specifically mentioned.

Governors Island is one of New York City’s most beloved destinations. Between the months of May and October, visitors from across the city and around the globe discover a world unto itself, filled with history and an award-winning spectacular park at the center of New York Harbor. Just minutes by ferry from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, nearly 1M visitors come to the Island each season to enjoy a robust calendar of cultural programs, public art, car-free biking, festivals, and an expansive park with unrivaled views of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

During the public season, the Island is open 10AM6PM Monday through Friday and 10AM7PM on weekends with earlier access for vendors, staff, and tenants. Typically, the Island hosts 3,500+ visitors per weekday and up to 12,000+ on weekend days. On weekdays, concessions also benefit from the Island population that includes employees, tenants, a vibrant arts and cultural community, and day camps. Operators also have opportunities to cater the many corporate and non-profit retreats, events and volunteer days held on the Island.

Our ideal partners to provide food and beverage are businesses that:

  • provide high-quality, affordable, delicious food for our visitors
  • have demonstrated success running similar concessions
  • are enthusiastic about partnering with the Trust for the best possible menu, design and service
  • share the Trust’s goals of promoting a sustainable and zero-waste environment

To learn more and submit your proposal, see the full posting about the opportunity and download a PDF of the Request for Proposals on our Business Opportunities page.