August 06, 2010
Wenatchee City Council has given the green light,
check that, the yellow light, to cautiously move forward with plans to consolidate Town Toyota Center and
Convention Center food and beverage services.
The Council was split 4-3 on a motion to authorize staff to
negotiate a contract with Savor, a Seattle-based company, to provide the services. . . Steve Hair attended the
meeting and he files this report.
The vote came after extensive discussion about the proposed changes
which, if approved, could bring to an end the City’s longtime partnership with the Coast Wenatchee Hotel which for
the past 30 years has managed the food services.
There was considerable debate among the Council members
about the actual financial benefits that could be realized with the change. Councilman Tony Veeder moved to go
forward with the contract negotiations but that doesn’t mean he’s fully supportive of the switch.
taking the vote the Council was urged not to go forward with the change by union-backed employees of the
Three companies submitted proposals for the food service contract with Savor coming out
on top. The Council now awaits the results of the contract negotiations which are being handled by a committee
comprised of Council and Public Facilities District board members. Also still to be decided are plans to turn over
the marketing and management of both the Convention Center and Arena to the Wenatchee Visitors and Convention