Request for Proposals: Café Space at Safe Harbors of the Hudson

Safe Harbors of the Hudson is seeking proposals from qualified restaurateurs to develop, operate and maintain a café space in the available commercial space located on Broadway in Newburgh. Click here for brochure (PDF)

As the restaurant operator, you will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Design the cafe concept and implement with Safe Harbors support
  • Tap into SUNY College students one block up the street as well as the many people who work  in downtown Newburgh
  • Cater Safe Harbors/Ritz Theater/ Ann Street Gallery frequent events
  • Program your own events, beyond Safe Harbors and Ritz Theater Schedule
  • Utilize Safe Harbors, Ann Street Gallery and the Ritz Theater’s marketing support
  • Expand your business with very little start-up costs and little fixed overhead
  • WIFI availability

Safe Harbors will work with the selected restaurant operator to design the café concept to fit their own creative vision for the space. Safe Harbors will provide the build out costs as well as offer free rent for six months. The cafe operator will also have the opportunity to utilize Safe Harbors’ marketing and public relations support in addition to catering Safe Harbors, Ritz Theater and Ann Street Gallery events and meetings. The operator can also program their own events beyond the Safe Harbors, Ritz Theater and Ann Street Gallery schedule. Safe Harbors is looking for an operator who can offer quality, fresh affordable food for breakfast, lunch or possibly more.

The available space is approximately 1,500 square feet and has exposed brick walls, bright natural lighting and an open floor plan. The café space is conveniently located on the ground floor which provides direct street access. It is estimated that there are 1,550 workers within three city blocks in Newburgh, as well as SUNY Orange students only one block away. In addition, located at Safe Harbors is The Cornerstone Residence which is home to 125 tenants. The tenants at The Cornerstone Residence could provide a trained workforce for the operator of the café.

The question and answer period and letters of interest must be received no later than Friday September 3, 2011. Please submit final Proposal in PDF format or 3 printed copies by September 24, 2011. Proposal must include all of the following: business plan and overall concept; proposed menu; history of your business including key management biographies; and equipment needs for kitchen (electric) and beverage. A final decision will be made by the end of September 2011. Please submit Letter of Interest and Proposal to: Tricia Haggerty Wenz, Executive Director, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 111 Broadway Newburgh, NY 12550 or email

For more information regarding this request for proposals, call (845) 562-6940 or email Please call to schedule a site visit. Complete request for proposals with detailed information and photographs is available on our website