VECDD seeks proposals for golf course restaurant

The Viera East Community Development District is seeking proposals to operate and provide catering services at its Viera East Golf clubhouse in Rockledge.

The Viera East Community Development District is seeking proposals to operate and provide catering services at its golf course clubhouse in Rockledge.

Proposals must be received no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, and submitted to District Manager Jason Showe, Viera East CDD, 219 E. Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801. 

The VECDD wants to enter into a management or lease agreement to provide full-service bar and restaurant operations at the clubhouse.

According to the proposal, the golf course and restaurant are an integral part of the Viera East lifestyle. The restaurant is enjoyed by both community residents and non-community individuals and groups. However, CDD golfers and residents are the target market.

VECDD chairman Robert Dale said the Board of Supervisors is seeking an operator/lessee that will assist with expanding lifestyle amenities through events at the restaurant.

“We want a casual, yet high-quality, full-service restaurant and bar that will satisfy the Viera population,” Dale said.

Dale also said he wants the restaurant to produce more revenue. “The restaurant has the capability of producing $500,000 in revenue each year,” he said. “Right now, we’re only producing about half of that.”

Presently, Dale said the restaurant serves about 50 to 100, mostly breakfast meals. He wants to broaden the restaurant’s demographics and serve more people food and drinks when they come off the golf course.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch are all desirable services. Restaurant offerings should include both a set menu and weekly specials. Hours of operation are at a minimum from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during peak season and/or community events), seven days a week, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The proposal states the restaurant space inside the Viera East Golf Club is about 1,781 square feet and seats 104 guests. Customers can gain access to the restaurant through the main entrance of the clubhouse at 2300 Clubhouse Drive in Viera. Vehicle parking is available adjacent to the clubhouse.

The restaurant is served by separate propane gas for kitchen equipment. The restaurant operator will be responsible for the cost of the propane. In addition, the restaurant operator is required to maintain and pay for a pest control program for the entire restaurant facility and for grease collection and removal.

The proposal also states that the VECDD would expect the operator to pay for all utility costs associated with the restaurant operation.

Dale said he’s received at least five inquiries from those interested in operating the restaurant.

The Board of Supervisors will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, to review and discuss the submitted proposals. Those who submit a proposal should attend the meeting and answer any questions from the board.

Anyone interested in reviewing the proposal can find it at facebook.com/VieraEastCDD