As officials prep for the opening of Barclays Center next season, they’re looking for some Brooklyn vendors to add a little local atmosphere.
â€œWe are committed to bringing the best of Brooklyn to Barclays Center and to draw on the boroughâ€™s dynamic food scene,â€ said developer Bruce Ratner. â€œOur goal is cast a wide net to make Barclays Centerâ€™s culinary experience as quintessentially Brooklyn as it gets.â€…
â€œIt has to be a company that can fulfill the orders for an 18,000 seat arena,â€ said Barclays Center spokesman Barry Baum, who said the team hopes to draw a big group of would-be vendors by handing out the surveys through community groups and ads in newspapers.
â€œWeâ€™re looking for everything from pickles to pizza and from silverware to sandwich picks,â€ Baum said. â€œWe really want to showcase all Brooklyn-based items that might not otherwise have an opportunity to be considered for an arena.
Levy Restaurants is manning concessions at the new home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, and rights have already been sold for the major concession items, like soda and beer. The local vendors will be used more to fill in the gaps and add some local color to the proceedings.
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