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Woodbury also is joining a growing trend at public arenas by contracting with a private restaurant service provider, Klatt said. In June, the city approved a contract with Gartner Restaurant Holdings of Stillwater, which has been selected as the private food vendor. The company operates the Dairy Queen Grill and Chill and Mara-Mi Store & Café in Stillwater, and the Chill Zone concessions in the St. Croix Valley Recreation Center.
GRH’s concept includes a full-service restaurant on the second floor, a concession stand on the first floor, and food service carts and potential service in the surrounding athletic fields.
Under the deal, the city takes responsibility for $500,000 in added capital costs for the lower-level concession area, fireplace, mechanical systems, counters and cabinetry. The money is provided through an internal 20-year loan and repaid from the gross sales receipts.
The city will receive 12 percent of gross sales up to $1 million and 10 percent for sales beyond $1 million.
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