Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.
The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.
But even before the audit was made public, the museum was already scrutinizing the restaurant's day-to-day activity, museum director Brent Benjamin told St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.
"It's a standard review, what's working, what's not," Benjamin said.
The deficit — and the amount of it — came as no surprise, according to Benjamin. Panorama was never expected to show an immediate profit.
"The five-year projections for the restaurant were that we would have a loss for the first 12 to 18 months, then we would go on a positive cash flow at some point," Benjamin said.
The museum expects to release details in a few weeks about changes to the restaurant.