“That’s not gonna be good for business…”

Last winter, as we all remember, the Capitol cafeteria shut down due to a severe rodent infestation. Aramark officials vowed to turn things around, and they did. Untill the cafeteria failed another inspection a few weeks later.

It’s been smooth sailing since then, health-wise, but the rodents’ legacy lingers. The cafe lost more than $600,000 in business this year, compared to a similar stretch in 2009, according to the Patriot-News’ Kari Andren. “The cafeteria, which is operated by Philadelphia-based Aramark Inc., brought in $674,262 less in the first six months of this year compared to the same time period in 2009. Sales for the first two quarters of 2009 totaled nearly $1.1 million, while figures for the first two quarters of this year were just $407,738.”

The drop in traffic has hurt the state, too. Aramark has paid just $18,349, compared to the $44,869 it wrote out in checks during the comparative 2009 stretch.

Personally, I boycotted the cafeteria for a few months in the beginning of the year, but started going back around March. However, I’ve begun to reconsider that decision, after  I discovering a fly in my salad yesterday.

Unfortunately, Grover wasn’t around to help me solve the fly problem.


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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