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Barclays Center Seeking Brooklyn Food Vendors

The soon-to-open arena at Atlantic Yards is looking to highlight local food offerings at games and concerts.

Developer Bruce Ratner wants the Barclays Center’s food offerings to be “quintessentially Brooklyn,” so arena officials are distributing a survey to find borough restaurants and food service businesses to serve as vendors, says the Daily News.

To qualify, the Daily News says that businesses have to be based in Brooklyn and hold a Department of Health “A” grade, as well as be able to fulfill orders for an 18,000 seat arena.

Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum told the paper that they were looking for vendors for “everything from pickles to pizza and from silverware to sandwich picks,” and were handing out the surveys through community groups and ads in newspapers.

Arena Digest says that Levy Restaurants is already in charge of concessions at the Barclays Center, and that rights have already been sold for major concession items like soda and beer. The trade publication says that the Barclays quest for Brooklyn-based businesses will “fill in the gaps and add some local color.”

Jackie N March 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Don't know if they can handle it, but it would be great to see Spumoni Gardens handle the pizza!
Anthony March 02, 2012 at 04:42 AM
If local restaurant owners are smart they won't attempt to venture into this proposition. Whenever you have to cook massive amounts of food, the quality goes down severely. Not all the time, but it does happen. That's why a lot of celebrity chefs turn down cooking for cruise liners. It's usually quantity and not quality. It's a no-win situation and why would you want to hurt your reputation? That's just the way I see it.
Daniel March 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Stadium food can be done well and there is a new trend with local foods and celebrity chefs taking part. Madison square garden is also taking a stab at getting some more interesting local foods. It can be done but yes the volume is obviously a challenge. But maybe we have to accept that good food is slow!
Thrifties Newspaper March 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
thats excellent, i hope the range of prospects is wide so the variety will be fun, delicious and exciting. http://www.thriftiesnewspaper.com/
Barbara March 10, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I think they should go to Ft Greene park and check out The FOOD FREAKS TRUCK they have delicious grilled cheese sandwiches soups chili and great tasting brussel sprouts. They are truly a class act.Culinary chefs with a great idea.

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