Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a good one! Rockaway Bazaar, the new concession contract owners, have released their lineup of vendors for their first summer on the boardwalk, and some favorites, like Caracas and Rippers are set to return!
Late last week, Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein, owners of Rockaway Bazaar announced their vendors for the summer with some good news. “Having been awarded the downtown Rockaway concession RFP through NYC Parks, Rockaway Bazaar is psyched to report that Caracas and Rippers will be returning to their Rockaway Beach locations at Beach 106th and Beach 86th. Also returning are the majority of food vendors at Beach 97th along with a couple new (and local) additions,” they said.
With Rockaway Bazaar winning the Parks Department contract for the concessions over the previous owners, Rockaway Beach Club, many were concerned over losing some of their favorite concessionaires. During a Franchise and Concession Review Committee hearing in January, hundreds attended and hundreds more wrote letters of support for the former concessionaires after Parks’ announcement of Rockaway Bazaar winning the contract. However, those from Rockaway Bazaar committed to keeping most of the concessionaires the same.
Both Caracas and Rippers were overjoyed to put those fears of leaving to rest. “Dear New Yorkers! We want to let you know with so much excitement that #caracasrockaway will reopen this summer. We want to deeply THANK everyone that supported us, cared for us and followed up during the beginning of the year when things were uncertain about this summer,” Maribel Araujo, owner of Caracas said. “We are super happy to be back and celebrate our 11th summer in Rockaway Beach with y’all.” Caracas will be returning to Beach 106th along with fellow concessionaire, Brothers. De La Mer is also expected to sell merch at this site.
Rippers will be returning to Beach 86th along with De La Mer selling merch at the site. “Rippers is thrilled to announce we’ll be returning to the Rockaway boardwalk this summer,” Rippers owner Christopher Parachini said. “The community support, near and far, was humbling, inspiring, and truly awesome. Words don’t fully express the gratitude and love we feel for all of you. We’re looking forward now. Greasing the gears and scrubbing the deck in anticipation of summer ‘21. We can’t wait to see you. Rippers Forever.”
The concession at Beach 97th is also seeing the return of many favorites, as well as some newcomers. Low Tide Bar is not returning but the Sand Shark Bar will keep the party going. The food lineup includes RedHook Lobster Pound, La Cevicheria, Chicken Joint, Edible Island, City Sticks, Palenque, La Fruteria, Two Dudes, Breezy’s BBQ and Seany Slices will be bringing his personal pies from the Rockaway Brewery to the boardwalk at 97. Merch vendors will include Boarders Surf Shop, Zingara Vintage and Pattern Village.
Rockaway Bazaar also hopes to activate some other areas of the beach. At the designated surf beach area around Beach 110th Street, they hope to bring surfboard rentals from Surfboard Tribe NYC. Lido Beach Butlers, an umbrella and chair rental company, is also expected to set up shop around Beach 108th Street. Down in the other surfing beach area on Beach 68th Street, Boarders will have a mobile set up for merch and gear, while surf schools, Locals, Skudin, New York Surf School and Sierra, will keep the surf scene going with lessons. Additionally, along Shore Front Parkway, Mister Softee will continue to sell ice cream, along with ices from newcomer, Yum Ices.
In addition to announcing their summer plans, Broudo and Klein say the future of the concessions looks bright. “In addition to making extensive repairs and renovations to the existing buildings at Beach 86th, Beach 97th and Beach 106th, we are also planning on building out a concession at Beach 68th and making Beach 97th a year-round operation. We look forward to working with dozens of local, talented Rockaway Beach vendors - some of whom you’ll recognize, some of whom you’ll come to recognize - and most importantly, keeping the cool beach vibes and party going for the entire community and City to enjoy,” they said.
Broudo and Klein say they plan to have a soft opening for the concessions on Friday, May 28 with a full opening on Saturday, May 29. However, some concessions may open the week before. For instance, Caracas plans on opening on Saturday, May 22. Plans to bring back live music are still in the works as Rockaway Bazaar is awaiting guidance from the Parks Department due to Covid. For more info, make sure to follow @rockawaybazaar on Instagram and check out www.rockaway-bazaar.com.
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