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The Palm Springs Art Museum is accepting bids for the operation of its restaurant, officials said Tuesday.

The museum’s current lease contract with Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar will expire Feb. 28, according to the museum. A restaurant that provides food and drinks in a café format is being sought to take its place.

“The restaurant is on the ground floor of the downtown museum and opens up to the Meyerman Sculpture Garden,” museum officials said. “The space can be accessed by museum visitors from inside the building and by the general public from the outside.”

Museum officials said they encourage minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small business enterprises to participate in the bidding process.

Interested businesses must provide:

— a creative concept and format for the restaurant;

— detail of their experience operating a restaurant and catering services;

— articulation of any specific needs and ability to begin operations no later than October; and

— proposed business terms such as leasing or partnership arrangements.

The museum’s director of administration, Leslie Stewart, can be reached at 760-322-4808 or at for more information on the process for submitting proposals, which are due by Feb. 16.

The Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar operates at the museum from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.

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