Library provides support for prospective cafe vendors to incentivize business

The application period has ended.

The Boulder Public Library seeks a food and beverage service vendor to operate a cafe in the Main Library located at 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

Interested candidates must demonstrate at least one year of experience in operating a food and beverage service. Minimum requirements for the cafe include a variety of prepared or pre-packaged daily food and beverage service menu items that appeal to a range of ages and price points. Incentives include:

  • A $500 annual lease of the 255-square-foot cafe area

  • Paid utilities, customer furniture and disposal of recycling, compost and trash

  • Potentially shared or library-fronted costs of equipment

  • Limited promotions from the library

  • Access to produce from the library’s gardens and on-site beehive

Desired services include a locally sourced menu with basic lunch items, service as the liquor manager for the library’s Arts Liquor license, catering for City events, and collaboration with the library to hold fundraising activities for local nonprofits and to contribute to library programs that integrate food and beverage service, which the operator will be reimbursed for.

Applications are due on Friday, July 29, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. MST. To apply and find more information, including proposal requirements, evaluation criteria, a fact sheet and leasing information, visit the library’s cafe proposal webpage.