DC Public Library in search of cafe, catering operator for modernized MLK facility

The D.C. Public Library is in the market for a food service and catering manager that can both run a pair of new spaces being added to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and implement a workforce development model for those operations.

The library system’s historic hub at 901 G St. NW is undergoing a $211 million gut renovation. When it reopens in the fall of 2020, it will include a new 4,300-square-foot ground-level café and a 14,900-square-foot rooftop, event space and catering kitchen. The renovated library is expected to welcome 1 million visitors in its first year.

The food service partner would be expected to implement hospitality skill training programs, apprenticeship opportunities, and paid employment, hold resume building workshops, and work with a range of local restaurant owners to create career pipelines for workers. Those requirements are in addition to managing the food service itself, offering “pricing, payment and menu options that are appropriate for a variety…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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