The latest development in the battle over City Park’s beignet stand is a winning bid by Cafe du Monde, according to proposals unsealed today by park management.
Cafe du Monde was initially awarded the City Park lease in June, but it was nullified by a judge after Morning Call filed suit against the Park. The judge also nullified the previous bidding process itself, saying none of the shops had entirely followed the requirements. (City Park officials previously disqualified a winning bid by Morning Call, saying its owners missed a mandatory meeting in the process.)
Bidding re-opened in September after City Park amended its specifications to address the court’s concerns. This time around, it was Cafe du Monde who bid highest with $25,760 a month, beating out Cafe Beignet and Morning Call’s bids of $25,100 and $23,800, respectively. The CEO of City Park has stated attorneys must review all three submitted bids before a final lease can be awarded, according to Nola.com.
Morning Call, whose lease ended over a year ago and has been operating month-to-month ever since, has occupied the site in City Park since 2012. The 148-year old coffee stand closed it’s only other remaining location just the month before the first bidding initially opened, but vows to return with a new location.
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