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County Seeks Response to Request for Proposal for Restaurant Spaces in Admin II Building

Post Date:08/16/2018


Durham, N.C. – Durham has received numerous accolades for its restaurants and is well known as a foodie town of the south.  Durham County Government is supporting the community’s growing restaurant industry by offering two new downtown restaurant spaces in its newly renovated County Administrative Building located at 201 East Main Street. Each space is approximately 3,100 square feet and includes an additional 1,100 square feet of outdoor dining space, on a slightly elevated perch overlooking East Main Street.  


According to County Manager Wendell M. Davis there is great excitement in providing Durham’s citizens and employees with additional options for eateries east of Mangum and Main Street. “While the County has made considerable public investment in downtown, Administrative Building II represents a keystone adaptive reuse that will further activate Main Street and the Government Services District.”


Construction at the new building across the street from the Old Courthouse/County Administration Building I, now referred to as Admin II, is scheduled for completion in early September 2018. The County will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) on August 15th in search of well-qualified restaurant tenants to lease the available spaces. The RFP includes a detailed presentation of the restaurant concept, business operating plans, and financial projections that demonstrate a solid plan for success. 


Interested applicants seeking more information on how to prepare a response to the RFP will be able to access assistance through a partnership between Durham County Government and The Institute, the County’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise program and North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center at North Carolina Central University. More information about these resources can be found at and at


“We want to make this process as accessible and accommodating as possible,” said General Manager of Environmental Stewardship and Community Prosperity Jay Gibson. “No one should be intimidated by the process, and both The Institute and NCCU’s Small Business and Technology Development Center are well-prepared to guide proposers through the development of their business plan, budget, and financial projections to ensure that all requirements are met, and the submittal is responsive. They will also connect business owners seeking capital financing with lenders and investors.”


The RFP and required documentation for submission can be downloaded from the Durham County Government website at Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to the County of Durham Purchasing Division, 4th Floor, Administrative Building, 200 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701, no later than October 22nd.    


All inquiries concerning the proposal submission requirements or procurement procedures should be directed to Senior Procurement Specialist Hilda W. Williams at (919) 560-0054 or



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