According to Moab city staff, the previous concessionaire chose not to renew the contract with the city. Johnston was the only person to express interest in taking over the job, city staff members said during the March 26 city council meeting.
Johnston has said he will be bringing in a new concessions trailer, which will allow concession workers to grill and fry food on the premises. Johnston’s proposal stated that he will provide hamburgers, french fries, snow cones, soda and an assortment of candy during events at the ballpark.
“He will also be offering coffee and doughnuts for early morning activities,” Moab City Manager Donna Metzler said.
Johnston said he hopes to hire middle school and high school students to work at the stand as a way for them to earn money toward possibly attending summer camp.
“It’s a labor of love,” he said. “It’s going to a good cause.”
Johnston said that the concessions profits will serve as a fundraiser for Young Life, a Christian club and support program for young people. A Young Life program was started in Moab a few years ago.
“Everything that doesn’t go toward paying for food goes to supporting the kids,” Johnston said.
Johnston is no novice to the food industry. He said he has owned two previous restaurants.
“Our business plan is to provide good food at a good price that will bring people to the ballpark as much as the games,” Johnston said. “Eventually, we want the word to get out in town that the ballpark is one of the best places to eat in town.”
Johnston said he hopes to see a high enough volume of sales to justify keeping the concessions open during some of the smaller events at the ballpark as well.