Brigantine Beach

Jack Scheurich has carved out a niche in the Brigantine culinary scene as co-owner of The Cove. Now he and his partners can add another feather to their accomplishments, this on the north end, as the city awarded the group the contract to operate the food and beverage concession at the Brigantine Golf Links.

“Congratulations, Jack,” Mayor Philip Guenther said. “It makes us feel good that a Brigantine operation won the bid.”

The Cove competed against Mad Dog Morgan’s, which ran the concession last year, and a group that included local golf course legend Jim Fraser. The final decision came down to the Fraser people and The Cove.

The reasons given by the selection committee for choosing The Cove were that the group proposed the best compensation package, is local and has a current liquor license, and because of its food and beverage experience.

The Cove proposal calls for a monthly fee of $1,500 between June and December along with 5 percent of the gross revenues. The monthly fee rises to $1,800 in 2017 plus the 5 percent. The contract runs for two years with the city option to extend it. Should the contract run through 2019, the city stands to earn $130,350.

By contrast, Fraser’s group proposed a $1,650 monthly fee throughout and 4.5 percent of the gross revenues, for a total of $120,495 through 2019.

“I’m definitely happy,” Scheurich said after the awarding of the contract. The Golf Links is a major island attraction, he said.

He and his partners will begin exploring ideas for the menu and the layout. One of the initial moves is to acquire a license to serve liquor. However, Scheurich intends to open up with food and soft beverages in advance of the license.

“We want to open as soon as possible, even if not full service,” he said. The menu will not mirror what The Cove serves, but instead be similar to what the café served in the past.

Nathan Robbins, the general manager at the golf club, is glad the decision-making is behind them, especially with half- dozen tournaments scheduled in the coming months and men’s and women’s leagues unfolding.

“We’ll have players come out with an expectation there will be food and a bar,” he said.

A prior request for proposals attracted interest from a handful of groups, but failed to garner a single bid last month.

The particulars of the new proposal remained the same as the last go-round. The minimum bids called for a $1,500 monthly fee. The bidder also had the option to submit a profit share representing a percentage of gross revenues.

An early February agreement with Mad Dog Morgan’s was scratched because the city failed to advertise the request for proposals in selected newspapers as required.

“We wish The Cove good luck,” Fraser said.

In other news, City Council approved a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey small grant, and authorized to reject and rebid an emergency generator for the fire department and police station.

“The bids were well over budget,” city manager Edward Stinson said.

An ordinance regarding dog park fees was tabled after several audience members complained that too many questions remained unanswered.

The council also gave the go-ahead for the initial Brigantine Art Walk, a proposal by Karl and Connie Pyatt in which local artists would sell their wares at rotating locations throughout the city on Friday nights.

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