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SF Landmark Millwright's Cottage Seeks Restaurant Tenant

Golden Gate Park: Attention prospective restaurateurs: the City of San Francisco is now accepting proposals for someone to transform the historic Millwright's Cottage into a full-service destination restaurant. For those unfamiliar, the 2,200 square-foot Millwright's Cottage—currently undergoing a seismic renovation—dates back to the early 1900s, is built in the colonial New England style, has city landmark status, and is located in the southwest portion of the park, adjacent to the more famous, more visible Dutch windmills. The Recreation and Park Dept. has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to find a partner to turn the building into a "restaurant featuring locally and sustainably grown foods, potentially grown on adjacent park land." Included with the building is room for outdoor seating, event space, and the aforementioned possibility of an adjacent garden.

Release of RFQ for the Millwright’s Concession:

The Recreation and Park Department (the Department) is soliciting a concessionaire to operate a full- service restaurant within the Millwright’s Cottage located in the western portion of Golden Gate Park. The Department envisions a restaurant prominently featuring locally and sustainably grown foods and that attracts visitors and residents from throughout the Bay Area.

The Department has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in order to identify a partner in operating the concession as well as making improvements to the interior of the cottage. The Department is currently completing a renovation of the cottage that includes a seismic stabilization and ADA improvements. As part of the RFQ process, the Department is seeking a partner with the capacity to make the necessary capital improvements to the interior to operate the facility as a restaurant. Upon conclusion of this process, the Department will enter into a ten-year lease for the operation of the facility with a possible extension if proved to be necessary to finance the improvements.

For questions regarding this RFQ, please contact Nick Kinsey at If you are interested in receiving notification of any changes to this RFQ, please email Nick Kinsey at and include the name of your organization or company, email address and telephone number. Potential respondents are also encouraged to periodically check this web page for any updates.

· The Full Millwright's Cottage RFQ [.pdf]