A rodent infestation will keep the state Capitol’s cafeteria closed through the end of the year.
Department of Agriculture health inspectors will take another look at the Capitol cafeteria, and if it passes that re-inspection, the facility will open after the new year.
Aramark spokeswoman Sarah Jarvis says the company is doing everything it can to clean up the problem, which was discovered during an inspection carried out by the Department of Agriculture.
"We continue to work with the commonwealth and outside cleaning firms to clean the facility. And at the Department of Agriculture’s request, we’re going to coordinate a re-inspection prior to the proposed reopening on January 4th."
Jarvis says Aramark is drafting new protocols for cafeteria employees to follow.
Good government activist Eric Epstein, of Rock the Capital, is drawing symbolism from the rat infestation after a legislative year filled with stalemates and arrests.
"Well, we always knew there were rats at the Capitol. We just didn’t know they were in the cafeteria. But whatever they used to cure the rat infestation where we eat, hopefully they’ll extend that strategy to the legislative rats. Take care of them."
Epstein says he’s pushing for reform candidates to run for office. The year ends without an agreement on legalized table games, which is a key part of the October budget agreement.