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Put Beer Here: Harristown issues RFP for brewpub, restaurant in Strawberry Square.

Harristown is putting out a call for a restaurant in this empty space on Market Street in Harrisburg.

Have you always dreamt of running your own brewpub?

If so, you may want to give Harristown a call.

Harristown Enterprises last week issued a request for proposals (RFP) as it seeks a qualified entrepreneur to open a brewpub or full-service restaurant in a large space on Market Street long occupied by the Gingerbread Man.

CEO Brad Jones said Harristown went this route after several potential deals fell through for the space.

“We really want to get the word out,” Jones said. “We think there are a lot of people out there who will find this to be a really attractive deal.”

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant space, part of Strawberry Square in downtown Harrisburg, has been empty since the Gingerbread Man closed down in 2014.

The RFP lists several criteria:

  • Brewery or distillery with a full-service restaurant or a brewpub or restaurant with a liquor license
  • A lease of at least seven years
  • Operations seven days a week

Harristown plans to charge $10.50 per square foot of rentable space for the first year and is offering to help defray the cost of build-out.

If interested, Harristown requires a business plan, resumes and financial information by Feb. 5.

“We feel the downtown is underserved for breweries,” Jones said. “That’s the one thing we’re missing.”

Click here to see the full RFP: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – BrewPub Restaurant Dated Dec 28 2017 – Due Feb 5 2018

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