Published on February 8 2023

DRWC is seeking proposals from restaurateurs or restaurant groups to lease space and operate a high-quality food and/or alcoholic beverage operation within the Cherry Street Pier outdoor Garden area. 

 The dining experience should reflect the vision and values of the Pier:

  • Provide a destination anchor food and/or alcoholic beverage service in the outdoor garden area on a year-round basis to serve members of the public visiting Cherry Street Pier.  Other areas of the pier will be considered for food and/or alcoholic beverage service depending on programming inside and or around Cherry Street Pier.
  • Provide a vibrant and collaborative home for Philadelphia’s artists and entrepreneurs.
  • Serve as a model for community partners and public space providers.
  • Provide food and/or alcoholic beverage service at the Cherry Street Pier between March 2023 and February 2024.
  • Provide service to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the City, park patrons, and the neighboring community;
  • Minimize wait times for both food and/or alcoholic beverage.
  • Maximize patron experience through high-quality and uniquely featured menu items, quality of service, and an attractive ambiance;
  • Provide professional service at reasonable, market prices.
  • Assess, install, and provide ongoing maintenance and equipment, such as necessary furnishings and equipment, to create an attractive and inviting Concession;
  • Establish and increase a strong customer base at the restaurant through the use of marketing and advertising tools and outreach to the City and community;
  • Work with the DRWC to develop the appropriate concessions for Cherry Street Pier for all seasons as well as special venue events.
  • Implement, maintain, and enforce all safety rules and regulations related to this
  • Concession and COVID-19 guidelines.

Request Released on February 7, 2023
Submit questions to by February 22, 2023
Proposals are due by March 1, 2023, 5 pm, ETS.
Company Selected mid/late March 2023
Concession program to commence on March 2023/April 2023

Proposals should be sent to Jackie Lai, Director of Parks and Attractions, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation by March 1, 2023, by 5 pm, EST. Large files can be sent via Dropbox to

Review the full RFP below.