By KATIE HOOS
Powell Catering Services, Inc., a Harrison-based catering company, will serve as Rye Golf Club’s snack bar concessions vendor for the 2014 season.
Looking to outsource the club’s food and beverage operations, the Rye City Council approved Powell’s to take over managing the city-owned club’s poolside snack bar and golf course beverage cart in a unanimous March 26 vote.
The Rye Golf Club Commission, which serves as an advisory body to the City Council, also voted unanimously on March 20 in support of hiring Powell’s.
Powell Catering Services, Inc., owned by Harrison resident Bill Powell, has provided catering for the Westchester area since 1983. Powell, who owns Powell’s Clam Bar restaurant, located at 58 Halstead Ave., also currently runs the snack bar concessions at Westchester County-owned Saxon Woods pool.
Under the contract with the city, Powell’s is to operate the pool snack bar and beverage cart, which offers drinks and snacks to golfers out on the course. The catering company will pay the club $4,000 a month from April 1 to Sept. 31, as well as a one-time security deposit of $1,000.
It will be a mutual decision between the golf club and Powell’s to extend the contract beyond September, according to Rye Golf Club Commission chairman Mack Cunningham. The golf club is located on Boston Post Road.
After issuing a request for proposals late last year for companies interested in taking over the club’s food and beverage operations, an RFP Review Committee—the temporary review committee consisting of members of the Rye City Council, Rye Golf Club Commission and the Rye Golf Club Strategic Committee—decided to move forward with hiring a snack bar vendor separately from the catering and restaurant operations at the club’s Whitby Castle.
Cunningham, an RFP Review Committee member and a former Rye City Councilman, said the committee wanted to make sure members had the ability to get food and drinks by the time the season starts since the committee has not yet selected who will be taking over the operations at the castle.
Cunningham also said Powell, who was the only vendor who expressed interest in taking over the snack bar exclusively, exhibited creativity and was easy to work with during the request for proposals process.
“We are very confident that Powell Catering will offer what the membership is looking for in terms of value and quality of food,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham said Powell’s local knowledge was something the committee valued.
“The fact that Mr. Powell knows the club, is a long-time Harrison resident and knows the local marketplace; we felt that was very important,” he said.
Bill Powell could not be reached for comment as of press time.