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Taubman Museum of Art settles lawsuit involving cafe

Company operating Norah's Cafe will exit at the end of January

December 22, 2010|Web Staff


Roanoke's Taubman Museum of Art has settled its lawsuit with the company that operates the museum's cafe and provides catering services for museum events. 

Here is the text of the museum's news release:


New Café Operator, Catering Services Coming February 1, 2011


Roanoke, Va. (Dec. 22, 2011) – Officials at the The Taubman Museum of Art have announced that a settlement has been reached in the museum’s lawsuit against SMG, the company currently responsible for operating Norah’s Café and providing catering services for museum events. 

In a letter dated December 3, 2010, SMG had indicated its intent to discontinue providing service, and vacate the museum by December 18, 2010.  Because SMG intended to breach its contract, the lawsuit was filed to protect the rights of the Museum and its patrons. According to the settlement agreement, SMG will continue in its current capacity, operating the café and providing catering services for special events, through January 31, 2011. 


“We’re pleased that we’ve been able to negotiate a favorable outcome for both parties in this matter,” says Executive Director, David Mickenberg.  “The Taubman Museum of Art is committed to providing a high quality food service operation for its patrons and the general public, and will continue to do so without interruption,” he adds. 

Beginning February 1, 2011, Norah’s Café will be operated by a yet to be named food service provider, and organizations and individuals that wish to host events at the museum will be able to use a variety of caterers in the surrounding area.  Museum officials are talking to other companies about the café operation, and hope to announce a replacement in the near future.

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