Waterfront Partnership, Baltimore Development Corporation and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks take next step in bringing new food operation to the Waterfront

June 2, 2021 (BALTIMORE) – Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore Development Corporation and Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks today 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. 

“This is a really exciting time as we take the next step in the development of Rash Field Park,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership. “We’re seeking those with experience in restaurant operations, preferably in the greater Baltimore area, and an interest in being part of the reimagination of Rash Field into a world-class urban waterfront park for people of all ages, but especially families. With more than 14 million visitors a year coming to the Inner Harbor, the café offers an incredible opportunity.”

The waterfront café will be approximately 1,200 square feet with approximately 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 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 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).  

“Baltimore is home to many talented restaurateurs and food purveyors. We are hoping to see some of them respond to this RFQ, and, in particular, we hope to see responses from Baltimore City Woman and Minority-Owned firms and non-profit social enterprises,” said Schwartz.

The full RFQ can be found online at www.waterfrontpartnership.org and responses are due no later than noon on June 18, 2021.

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. 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 towards design and construction costs, and Waterfront Partnership has raised an additional $4.3 million from the State of Maryland and over $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. For additional information about the project, visit www.rashfield.org. 

Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and Waterfront. We’re lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore’s Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions and managers of our beautiful parks. We encourage investment in Baltimore’s most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serves as a place of pride and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visit baltimorewaterfront.com

Baltimore Development Corporation 

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) is the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore. Our mission is to grow the city’s economy in an inclusive manner by retaining, expanding and attracting businesses and promoting investment, thereby increasing career opportunities for residents. Businesses interested in expanding or locating in Baltimore City should visit http://baltimoredevelopment.com or contact us at info@BaltimoreDevelopment.com.

Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is the city’s leading provider of affordable, year-round leisure and recreational activities for citizens of all ages and abilities. Beautiful parks, trails and waterways provide the perfect urban oasis. For more information, visit https://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/.