Published on March 19 2024

Exciting news! The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is looking for local restaurateurs to lease space and operate seasonal operations within Cherry Street Pier and Spruce Street Harbor Park this summer on the Philadelphia Waterfront. 

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Why should you apply? Well, for the last 5 years, Cherry Street Pier has been a premier arts destination in Philadelphia, playing host to hundreds of markets, music events, art exhibitions, and performances every year since it opened. Plus, it is an incubator for some of the city’s most talented artists, drawing in audiences far and wide to connect with the creatives through workshops, interactive experiences, shopping, and more.

Since launching in 2014, Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) was one of the first pop-up beer gardens in the City, providing an oasis by the Delaware River with its vibrant atmosphere, hammocks, upscale street food, and diverse programming for all ages. One of the city’s favorite summer destinations, SSHP has, and will always be, the place to enjoy amazing views, food, and drink with unprecedented views of the Delaware River. 
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And if those aren’t reasons enough, the Waterfront is on the horizon of a groundbreaking transformation, as construction on the I-95 CAP Project has begun. PennDot is replacing and expanding the existing covered section of I-95 at Penn’s Landing along the riverfront in Center City Philadelphia under the department’s $329 million I-95/CAP project. Construction of a new 11.5-acre Park at Penn’s Landing, and a new South Street pedestrian bridge are the two main components of this project. This project will pave the way for the new Park at Penn’s Landing and change the game on how Philadelphians and visitors interact with the Waterfront as we know it.

With so many exponential changes happening along the six-mile stretch from Oregon to Allegheny avenues, there is no better time to join in on the action. Review the RFPs for the vending opportunities at Cherry Street Pier and Spruce Street Harbor Park and apply today.

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Important dates to keep in mind:

  • RFPs were released on March 18, 2024. Review the details below and get your applications in.
  • Submit questions and site visit requests about Spruce Street Harbor Park to and Cherry Street Pier to by March 25 at 5 pm.
  • Proposals are due on April 1, 2024, by 5 pm.
  • Vendor(s) will be selected by approximately mid-April 2024
  • Food concession program to commence approximately mid-May/June 2024 for Summer 2024

Requests for Proposals: 

RFP: Food Vendor for Cherry Street Pier Inside a Converted Trolley Bus Kitchen & Pop-up Concessions Opportunities

RFP: Summer Concession Opportunities at Spruce Street Harbor Park in Converted Seabox Kitchen(s) & Pop-up Concession Opportunities