The winning bidder for concessions at Woodlawn Beach State Park promised an affordable family atmosphere, live music four nights a week, partnerships with local Hamburg vendors and free Wi-Fi in his proposal.
Robert Bieber, who has been in the marine business for 30 years, and who operates Colombo’s on Lakeview Road, beat out 10 other proposals to run concessions at the beach.
The Hamburg Town Board on Monday selected him to run concessions for the next three years.
The annual licensing fee Bieber will pay to the town is $10,000 per season, plus 4 percent of the gross sales this year, 5 percent of gross sales next year and 6 percent of gross sales in 2016.
“I think it was the theme we were looking for,” said Councilman Michael Quinn Jr. “The menu fit the theme, a lot of different things just seemed to fit into the family atmosphere that we’re looking for.”
Bieber’s written proposal calls the concession “Toot’s Tiki Bar,” but Quinn and Supervisor Steven Walters said they did not know if Bieber would keep that name. The town and Bieber still must negotiate a contract and sign it. The beach opens for the season Memorial Day weekend.
Bieber will move into the area that was known as Woody’s Beach Bar and Taqueria for the last three years. Under the contract with Woody’s, the restaurant was to pay $4,800 and 2 percent of gross sales to the town this year.
Woody’s owner, Tucker Curtin, had asked a State Supreme Court justice last week to prevent the town from awarding a bid to a new vendor, because he maintained that he has a contract with the town and wanted to continue. Justice John A. Michalek ruled against Curtin, but he urged the two sides to come to an agreement on which equipment is Curtin’s and can be removed by him.
Curtin’s attorney, Mitchell M. Stenger, chided the board Monday for calling special meetings on short notice to discuss and award the new contract. He said Curtin would not hold up the town’s award of the bid, but he wants to remove his equipment, which he says is worth $100,000.
“We’re going to try and work out as much as we can to agree whose equipment belongs to whom,” Stenger said.
He said the two sides will meet later this week and Curtin will remove the equipment that he and the town agree belongs to him. If there are disagreements, they will go back to court and ask Michalek to help resolve the issues.
The winning bid listed a menu that includes calamari, shrimp, chicken fingers, crab cakes, chicken wings, oysters, mussels, grouper and tuna, as well as hamburgers and a children’s menu.
He would offer kayaks, canoes and paddle boards for rent, rental of beach umbrellas with service to each umbrella, and fire pits.