Utica Zoo and Voss’ Bar-B-Que mutually end concession partnership


UTICA — After seven years of success together, the Utica Zoo and Voss’ Bar-B-Que have mutually chosen to move in different directions. Voss’ will close at the Utica Zoo on Oct. 22.

The Utica Zoo is looking to expand their concession services to include new menu items and expanded hours to include birthday parties and event rentals. Voss’ is retaining their seasonal business model offering limited, but signature offerings.

“We have always been a seasonal business.” said Greg Voss, Owner of Voss’ Bar-B-Que.

“When the Zoo started thinking about offering expanded concessions, [the Zoo] came to me and asked if we would be willing to continue our services. Unfortunately, our business model is not able to accommodate expanded services. We have loved being able to partner with the Zoo and to offer Zoo guests a fresh-made, high quality product. We wish the Zoo the best of luck moving forward with all of their upcoming renovations and projects,” Voss added.

“The years we have spent with Voss’ have been very successful and we will miss having them at the Zoo,” said Nikki Sheehan, Director of Administrative Operations at the Utica Zoo.

Food vendors who would be interested in partnering with the Utica Zoo to provide concession services may contact the Utica Zoo at 315-738-0472 or by emailing finance@uticazoo.org.

A formal request for proposal will follow in late November.

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