Prior to taking over the Capitol food court, Arthur operated a snack bar in the Capitol's West Wing, providing sandwiches, salads, and hot meal options. The snack bar closed in January 2012, and now is a vending area.
Arthur's company also provides catering for meetings and conferences at the Caperton Center, and would be able to make use of upgraded facilities in Building 7 for catering.
In 2009, the Department of Administration spent $450,000 updating the conference center, adding amenities including wireless high-speed Internet, video conferencing and work stations to the center's meeting rooms and conference space.
Carr said costs of the cafeteria renovations are not finalized, but said it will be paid for entirely from revenue from state highway rest area vending machines, operated by Rehabilitation Services under the Randolph-Sheppard Act.
Rehabilitation Services officials will make a presentation next week to the Capitol Building Commission.
By law, the commission must approve any significant physical changes to buildings on the Capitol Complex, but Carr said the division does not anticipate any problems getting its proposal approved, since it involves upgrading an existing food service facility.
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