Until mid-June, the Zieleni Management Board delayed announcing a competition for a plot of land at Boulevard Grzymała-Siedleckiego. Later this season, a gastronomic garden is to be built there, in which five food trucks will park.
It is the area near the Mermaid monument. In recent years, the popular Plac Zabaw club has operated here. Under this name there were four bars, including one with a kitchen, a pizzeria, a small pumptrack, a bicycle service, a concert stage, tables surrounded by greenery. Together with the white Barka moored next to it and the stairs in between, it created one of the most attractive spots on the boulevards for several seasons.
The club was coming back to life with the first days of summer. This year he has not come back. – The tenants have expired in October. Later we got the information that it will not make it for this season. So we decided to give this place a breath, a little airing it for one season – said Jan Piotrowski, the town hall representative for the Vistula River in May, in Gazeta Stołeczna. But on June 15, without much publicity, the Board of Greenery announced a competition for the lease of a place on the Playground. Offers can only be submitted until July 1.
The competition documentation states that the square will be intended for “a maximum of five food trucks with gastronomic gardens and a recreation area”. The selected company will also have to provide toilets and garbage cans (in the same arrangement as before, i.e. between the slope and the road).
Why the contest just now?
The place is to open two weeks after signing the speech. The deadline is very tight and you shouldn’t expect something as thoughtful and attractive as the Playground. The question is why the competition was not announced in the spring, so that the new host would have more time to prepare the offer and arrange the place before the start of the season, rather than during it.
– We could not start this procedure earlier – despite the lease contract concluded on September 30, 2021 – because in February we were holding talks with the current tenant in matters concerning, inter alia, tidying up the leased area. Immediately after preparing the area for another lease, we dealt with the competition documentation and published the competition on our website – explains Karolina Kwiecień-Łukaszewska, spokeswoman for the Zieleni Board. – According to the contract, the new tenant is obliged to start operating within 14 days of signing the contract. Therefore, there is a good chance that food trucks will appear on the boulevard in July – he adds.
A piece of this season and the entire next
The officials set the minimum rent at PLN 17,900 per month. Of course, the winner will be the one who gives the most. But the method of arrangement, gastronomic offer and references will also be assessed. The contract covers the period until September 20 this year and the entire next season – from April 1 to September 30, 2023.
Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter, tvnwarszawa.pl