Less than five months after opening, the new Thunder Bay courthouse has lost its cafe.

The contract with a private-sector firm for building and maintaining the courthouse includes a provision for vending services.

However, Infrastructure Ontario communications advisor Lisa DiMenna said it turned out not enough people wanted to have a snack in the court building.

"It was staffed by a couple individuals, and it was [not] viable. They weren't getting visitors that they anticipated, and they were actually losing revenue as a result of that,” said DiMenna.

DiMenna said the government's contract with the company that built the courthouse is for 30 years and requires food be available on site. Instead, a coffee vending machine and snack machine will be installed in the cafeteria space in the fall, she added.

DiMenna said she anticipates they will be available by the end of September. Having vending machines is a "minimum requirement,” she continued.

Thunder Bay’s Fox on the Run Café, which was the business providing food at the court house, has another location in the city, and also offers catering services. CBC News could not reach owner Ron LeMarquand for comment.


  • An earlier version of this story stated "another model" may be considered instead of the vending machines. Only vending machines will be provided.
    Aug 18, 2014 11:14 AM ET