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Dobisky Center concession likely to remain closed this season

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OGDENSBURG — The concession stand at the Dobisky Visitors Center will remain closed this summer.

“We currently have no one interested in running it,” city Parks and Recreation Director Matthew J. Curatolo said Friday. “We had received two proposals over the winter, so we had initial interest, but they both fizzled out.”

Mr. Curatolo said the city has no plans to again solicit bids for an operator this year. The city before contracting with a tenant would have to review business plans and hold public hearings, which could take a month or more. Mr. Curatolo said the operator would then have to procure supplies, get proper permits, and hire staff, making it nearly impossible to open before the end of summer.

“Of course we would like to have somebody in there, but it just really didn’t seem to work out this spring,” he said.

The city has been leasing the space for $416 a month, Mr. Curatolo said, so the revenue loss for the season would only amount to about $1,600.

The eatery was last operated by Trevor R. Brunet, who opted not to renew his lease with the city so he could open a restaurant at the Stonefence Resort Motel, Route 37. The restaurant has remained closed since a fire in February, but Mr. Brunet has been working to reopen it.

On the up side, however, the lack of a tenant means less competition for nearby concessionaire Scott A. Strader, who has operated a food truck in the city’s Greenbelt every summer for nearly a decade.

City Council on Monday will consider a resolution leasing a small parcel of land near the foot of State Street to Mr. Strader to accommodate his truck. Under the proposed lease, Mr. Strader will pay the city $50 a month.

He is also responsible for electricity and trash removal costs.

The city previously had charged Mr. Strader $50 for the season.

He said Friday he was not surprised by the change to a monthly charge.

“The people in the other building with the concession were paying rent and I wasn’t,” he said.

Mr. Strader also said that the concession stand in the Dobisky Center has eaten into his business, although he did not mind having competition.

“The city is competing with the private sector, which I don’t agree with, but competition is good. I got along great with the guy who was there last,” he said.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

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