Poland Cafe

Request for Proposal

Operation of the Poland Library Café

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) invites proposals to lease and operate the café space in the ground floor lobby of the Poland Library, 311 South Main Street, Poland, OH.  Poland Library has an average of 7,600 visitors every month, with spring being the peak season.  The 1,000 square-foot space includes a full kitchen and an adjacent seating area.  Please see the accompanying fact sheet for a full equipment list.

The prior tenant ceased operations on June 1, 2018, after eight years in the Poland Library and is expected to fully vacate the premises by June 30, 2018.  The space can be available for a new tenant as early as July 15, 2018.  PLYMC is offering 1-year lease with option for renewal at a rental rate to be negotiated.

Interested parties should provide the following information:

• Business Plan with sample menu, hours of operation, and café name.

• Proprietor resume, indicating experience in the restaurant industry.

• Financial Plan, indicating sufficient funding to cover startup costs.

• Proof of (or of the ability to obtain) liability insurance of $1M minimum.

• Copy of catering/food service license.

Proposal Due Date:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by 5:00pm EDT.

Send all correspondence to:

Attn:  Poland Library Café Selection Committee
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
305 Wick Avenue
Youngstown OH 44503

The Selection Committee will review all proposals and offer the lease opportunity based on determination of quality, viability, and sustainability.  Proposers may be asked to interview with the committee and/or prepare sample menu items as part of the selection process. Questions about the requirements or selection process may be directed to inquiries@libraryvisit.org.  Responses to all questions will be posted at www.libraryvisit.org/polandcafe for all interested parties to access.


Q.  At our current location, the menu consists of a variety of our traditional and specialty cookie flavors, hot and cold drinks and chips. If we submit a proposal, our menu would stay the same with the possible additions of milk shakes, smoothies, and ice cream. We are not interested in including savory food items. Would this offering be well-received in the library location?

A.   All proposals are being accepted. However, there savory and hot food items have been available at that location for most of its history and because of this, the preference would be to continue to offer savory and hot food items.


Poland Library Café Retail Space Specifications – pdf