Downtown Phoenix is focused on constant growth and improvement which was reflected at the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee meeting Wednesday, June 6.
Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. and the Phoenix Convention Center Department presented a new contender for food and beverage services at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The responsible department advised that Aramark Sports and Entertainment L.L.C. should be the vendor in charge of exclusive food and beverage services at the convention center. The report requests the approval to enter a 10-year contact, with an option to extend five more years.
“Our goal is to make the Phoenix Convention Center a hub for activity, this is the vendor that will do it,” Dohoney said.
The financial return to the city was emphasized by the Phoenix Convention Center Department representatives. The initial investment will be around $6.5 million with an anticipated revenue of $90 million by the end of the 10 year contract.
“To make this a hub, we need it to have a local presence and the only way to do that is to bring in local vendors, Dohoney said. Aventura Catering, a local catering company, is expected to stay with the Phoenix Convention Center.
O.H.S.O Brewery & Distillery is anticipated to join the Phoenix Convention Center Area. “Happy hours and local concepts will drive business to the convention center,” Dohoney added. Some other local concepts include Macayo’s Mexican Cantina and other small business are currently being approached and are reviewing the contract terms.
“No contracts have been signed, as of June 6 only preliminary agreements exist,” Dohoney said.
“We want this to encourage more of a small business enterprise in downtown Phoenix,” said Dohoney.
The next level catering will include action stations and new and modern buffets. Technology will make getting what they want and need less time-consuming for guests.
Guests will have the opportunity to sit and relax while having a meal, experience the local and unique exhibit concessions or can use the vendors as an on the go option, using a mobile phone application to place their orders so they don’t have to wait in line.
An elixir bar will allow guests to get back to their seats more quickly, along with mobile ordering. Other proposed items include recyclable and compostable utensils and local sourcing.
The only issue that was raised is the importance of developing this area efficiently and correctly. “The correct alcohol permits are absolutely mandatory and alcohol rules and regulations must be followed at all times,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor.
The item was passed with conditions of speaking to the St.Mary’s Basilica and the businesses nearby. “Being good neighbors is essential, we don’t want to disrupt local business especially because we will have alcohol near a basilica,” said Pastor.