The Hammond (Ind.) Port Authority is soliciting bids to operate the restaurant, bar, and 240-seat banquet facility. For the past eight years, the facility has been operated by Meyers Castle, whose contract expired at the end of 2017.
The public Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Ind., also a popular wedding venue, may soon get a new restaurant operator, the Munster, Ind.-based Northwest Indiana Times reported.
The Hammond Port Authority has decided to solicit bids to operate the restaurant, bar and 240-seat banquet facility, attorney Kevin Smith said.
For the last eight years, the second-story restaurant in the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie-style clubhouse atop the former Bairstow Slag Mountain has been operated by Meyers Castle. Meyers Castle’s contract expired at the end of 2017, and the board decided to put out a request for proposals, the Times reported.
“We are waiting for the responses,” Smith said. “We will review those and choose.”
Meyers Castle closed the restaurant at the golf course, which is still open but in its slow winter period. It wasn’t known if they would apply again to run the restaurant, Smith said, which includes a patio overlooking Lake George, the Times reported.
The Port Authority hopes to sign an operator at its February meeting, and have someone in place by April 1, when the busy golf season tees off, the Times reported.
“There have been several inquiries to tour the facilities, mainly from Chicago,” he said. “It’s expected to be competitive, and we’re looking for the best fit.”