DECATUR — The Decatur Park District is seeking a fast-food restaurant to join its miniature golf clubhouse when the first feature of “Overlook Adventure Park” opens in the spring.
The 36-hole course in Nelson Park near U.S. 36 is already set to be accompanied by a CherryBerry frozen yogurt establishment. The district has released a request for proposals from restaurants that might fit into the 1,200-square-foot space.
“We’d like to attract a complementary restaurant-type operation to that that would complement what the CherryBerry and the mini golf clubhouse itself, what those offer,” said park district Executive Director Bill Clevenger.
Patrick Hoban, the city’s economic development officer, assisted with the request for proposal, which offers highlights about the area’s recent economic developments, such as development of the Midwest Inland Port and the downtown streetscape project. The package also includes a “snapshot” of the city’s demographics, as well as the estimated gap between the supply and demand of different types of businesses.
Hoban said the space would be perfect for a restaurant that served pizza, tacos or a similar quick dining experience. He said one of the site’s great strengths is its traffic count, which is more than 18,000 daily.
“It’s something on that end of town that we don’t have. There’s not a lot of stuff on the east side of town,” he said.
The information provided by the district indicates it is interested in a five-year agreement with the restaurant.
The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.