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Bethlehem mulls expanding concession sales

"Some kind of coffee vendor or snack vendor would probably do quite well, because it's very busy down there in the early party of the season," Lanahan said.

There are plans to build a fishing pier at the Henry Hudson Park this spring.

Cathy Callan, the owner of Java Jazz Cafe in Delmar, was one of the businesspeople to receive an RFI. She said she has to look into the idea more to see if her restaurant could make the investment that would be needed to have a presence in a town park or elsewhere.

"I think it's really a great idea. Things have been kind of hard in town and all over the state," she said. "Restaurants are kind of having a hard time, and the more venues they have to offer their stuff, the better."

Java Jazz already makes breakfasts at the Delmar Farmers Market, which Callan said has been a great partnership.

The town is looking for ideas not included in the information request, too. Unlike a more formal request for proposals, which kicks off a competitive bidding process, the RFI sent out is more of a exploratory move. Those who did not receive a copy direct from the town but are interested should contact Lanahan.

Responses are due to the town by March 18.""

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