Audit of the United States Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund October 2, 1977, to September 30, 1978

GGD-79-31: Published: Apr 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1979.

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The Senate Restaurants Revolving Fund was audited. The Senate Restaurants are operated primarily for Senators and employees of the United States Senate. The Architect of the Capitol, under the direction of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, is responsible for managing the restaurants.

Senate Restaurants operation for the period ended September 30, 1978 resulted in a net operating profit of $17,454, compared with a net operating loss for the prior period ended October 1, 1977 of $89,049. The turnaround in operation results can be attributed primarily to a price increase granted in November 1977. The loss on sitdown food and beverage operations in the Capitol and Senators' dining room increased but was offset by reduced losses on cafeteria food operations and higher profits on fast food and cigar stand operations. Contractors perform all of the services on the vending machine operation. The vending machine operations showed that the restaurants received commissions of $33,049 from contracted operations, but the in-house operation lost $3,748. During this year's audit, the restaurants' management stated that in October 1978, the Senate Restaurants had discontinued the in-house operation and contracted the operations. The financial statements do not include the cost of equipment and furnishings acquired with funds appropriated to the Architect of the Capitol for the cost of certain benefits and services.

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