- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After critical inspections and reviews, the St. Louis Art Museum is promising changes to its new and poorly performing restaurant.

Museum director Brent Benjamin said Wednesday changes will be installed at the Panorama restaurant within a few weeks.

Benjamin and some museum staff and trustees met with the Zoo-Museum District board to answer questions about an inspection of Art Museum finances and governance. The board oversees about $70 million in taxes to the St. Louis area’s five cultural institutions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1jNoiJ5 ) inspectors were generally complimentary of the museum. But auditors found the restaurant lost $260,000 in its first six months. Exhibitions at the museum also lost about $1 million last year.

Benjamin said the losses included start-up costs and finances are expected to improve.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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