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Date of Issue: June 29, 2006

Two restaurateurs offer bids to manage pier restaurant

Two respondents to a Bradenton Beach request for proposals to operate the restaurant at the city pier have come forward.

Kay Russell, Dave Russell and Doreen Russell of Rotten Ralph's in Anna Maria submitted a proposal to run the soon-to-be-renovated restaurant at the pier, at the foot of Bridge Street on Anna Maria Sound.

Harold R. Christensen, Lynn Christensen and Hal Christensen of Harry's Continental Kitchens of Longboat Key also submitted a bid.

The Russells are proposing to pay the city $8,000 per month to operate the restaurant, with food similar to what is offered at their Anna Maria location.

The Christensens are proposing $8,500 per month to the city, with a menu and ambiance that would feature an "angler's retreat with Caribbean soul."

Both proposals include offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, with beer and wine offered to patrons.

The city commission will weigh the merits of the proposals based on highest revenue to the city (40 percent of the "weight") and best proven ability (60 percent).

The matter is expected to come forward at a special city commission meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 29.