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Dough Boys Pizza has Lakefront Park concession for another summer

Dough Boys Pizza will operate the bathhouse concession stand in Lakefront Park for another summer after the City Council renewed its agreement with the Hudson business on March 10.

The city will receive 5 percent of Dough Boys’ gross sales as rent for the concession stand.

The lease will begin on or before May 24 (the Saturday before Memorial Day) and end on Sept. 30, depending on weather and availability, the agreement says.

The stand’s operating hours will be from 11 a.m. to no later than 10 p.m., seven days a week, according to the agreement.

Dough Boys also will pay for the electricity it uses and provide a refundable $500 deposit. The deposit would be used pay for any repairs or cleaning needed at the end of the season, and that the business is responsible for.

In addition, the agreement gives Dough Boys the exclusive right to operate a food cart in Lakefront Park, including on the dike road.

The agreement says a list of the types of food and beverages that will be served is attached to it, but the attachment wasn’t available through the meeting agenda on the city’s website,

In the past, the business has offered pizza slices, nachos, popcorn, chips, frozen treats, candy, fruit, vegetables, bottled water and soft drinks.

This will be the third year that Dough Boys has had the park concession. The restaurant, on the back end of the building at 529 Second St., overlooks the park.

The City Council approved the agreement as part of its consent agenda, and without discussion.

In the Finance Committee meeting that preceded the council meeting, Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli reported that the concession season last year was cut short by flooding and storms. The city received $225 in rent based on the sales, he said.

Mayor Alan Burchill asked why Alderperson Kurt TeWinkel, during the Park Board’s consideration of the Dough Boys agreement, voted against the recommending its renewal. TeWinkel is the council’s representative on the Park Board.

Zeuli said that TeWinkel thought the concession agreement should be put out for bids from other vendors.

The Park Board recommended renewing the agreement with Dough Boys on a 4-1 vote.

The agreement gives Dough Boys the first opportunity to negotiate a continued lease for the following year.

There wasn’t much competition for the park concession in the years prior to Dough Boys getting the contract in 2012.

Burchill noted that the restaurant is nearby.

Finance Committee member Randy Morrissette II said Dough Boys has invested in equipment for its concession business.

Other action

In other consent agenda action, the council:

--Approved a four-lot certified survey map as proposed by Hudson Center LLC and Jase LLC, with the condition that a surety be provided the city for 125 percent of the cost of the unfinished public improvements. Hudson Center LLC is the group developing the former tourist information site between Crest View Drive and Interstate 94. The map contains three new development lots and reconfigures the property lines for the Taco Bell restaurant at Crest View and Gateway Boulevard.

--Renewed St. Croix Rowing Club’s lease of a small city-owned storage shed on St. Croix Street that serves as the group’s clubhouse. The club pays $50 a month in rent. This will be the 12th year that it has used the building.

--Approved 12 regular operator’s licenses allowing bar and restaurant employees to serve alcoholic beverages.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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