National Parks Service offering opportunity to share creative, temporary food service at Mabry Mill

MEADOWS OF DAN, Va. (WFXR)—The National Park Service announces a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) process is now open to submit ideas for temporary food service during the 2024 season at Mabry Mill.

The purpose of the RFEI is to identify interested individuals, organizations, or businesses that offer creative ideas for outdoor food and beverage services at the Marby Mill, located at milepost 176.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“This is an opportunity to test new services for park visitors at Mabry Mill,” says Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout. “We know that the local community and businesses care about the future of this site and have ideas about what might serve today’s visitors and meet the historic intent behind this developed area. A temporary food service gives us the opportunity to consider alternatives that could help us determine future, flexible uses at Mabry Mill and other beloved sites along the Parkway.”

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The National Park Service announced in Dec. of 2023 that the concession contract at the site expired at the end of the year, and the previous food service and retail operator chose not to extend their food service at Mabry Mill. This opportunity is temporary, to both complement retail operations and provide food services while the National Park Service seeks a new long-term concessioner.

Interested commercial entities are asked to send an email to request a full copy of the RFEI, including submission criteria. Responses to the RFEI are due by Feb. 23.

The National Park Service will evaluate responses to the RFEI to inform the next stage in planning for this business opportunity authorized by a Commercial Use Authorization.

For more information, visit the National Parks Service website.

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