My observation last week that the Tribune Co. was operating the Times rather cheaply included this passage: "The premises are run so tightly that only one entrance remains open (to save the cost of contract security guards) and the cafeteria recently began closing before editors and reporters are off the first evening deadline. Not even coffee, let alone dinner."
On Monday (as already reported) the Times main lobby reopened for the first time since 2001, and now comes word that the cafeteria's cutbacks are being eased some. A memo from assistant managing editor John Arthur explains:
Sent: 2/4/2004 12:49 AM
Subject: CAFETERIA UPDATE
For those who missed last night's Signal message:
The company has made some small concessions in the nighttime food situation. These changes should take place in the next couple of weeks:
1) The cafeteria coffee bar will remain open til 9 pm, Monday thru Friday. It will also serve prepared salads and sandwiches and cookies etc.
2) A portion of the cafeteria seating area will be kept open til 9 pm so we can eat there.
3) Vending machines in the nearby ATM room will be upgraded. A coffee machine will be added, as will a microwave.
4) Vending machines on the 3rd floor near IT also will be upgraded. Not sure how.
5) Weekend hours: Saturday hours can't be changed but we asked again that Sunday's hours of 11-6 be changed to 12-7. No word yet on that. We'll keep you posted.
It's good news for the journalists because finding a decent place to eat within easy walking distance of First and Spring at night isn't fun. A good cup of coffee, forget it.