Red Sox Could Be Outbid In Efforts To Renew Yawkey Way Concession License
Everett, Mass.-based attorney and restaurateur Joseph Marchese Jr. has "offered to outbid the Red Sox for a license to sell food and drink along Yawkey Way on game days at Fenway Park, throwing a curveball at the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s exclusive negotiations with the ball club," according to Callum Borchers of the BOSTON GLOBE. Marchese in a letter said that he would "pay $3 million for a 10-year contract." His offer is "roughly double the annual rate paid by the Sox since the franchise began leasing the public street" during the '03 season. Marchese said that he is "considering suing the agency on the grounds that he is being denied 'the opportunity to be competitive and make a living,'" and that he would "sublet space on Yawkey Way to private food vendors approved by the BRA and might reserve a couple of food stations for himself." Former Massachusetts Inspector General Gregory Sullivan in a December letter wrote that the BRA's claim to rightfully control the street is "dubious because it is based on a determination that the thriving area around Fenway Park is a slum in need of redevelopment." Sullivan added that if the city "grants another license after the Red Sox contract expires at the end of this season, it should conduct open bidding." The BRA to sign another no-bid contract with the Red Sox would "have to exercise its eminent domain power again, maintaining that the strip of Yawkey Way is a blighted area" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/14).