Pa. Capitol cafe reopens after rodent troubles

AP News
Posted: Jan 04, 2010 2:11 PM

The Pennsylvania Capitol's cafeteria has reopened after being shut down for more than two weeks over mouse droppings and other health hazards.

The privately run Statehouse cafeteria in Harrisburg reopened Monday after a thorough cleaning.

State officials made an unannounced inspection in mid-December and found evidence of a rodent infestation and dishwashing water that wasn't hot enough.

Officials acknowledged that the cafeteria had not been inspected for four years, even though state law requires annual inspections. They say there will be monthly inspections for the next six months.

The ground-floor cafeteria is a popular coffee and lunch spot for visitors and workers. Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp. holds the contract to operate it.