The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre has issued a request for proposals to operate Yellowknife’s Museum Café.

Chris Zouboules will vacate the café later this month as he moves his operation to the legislature, where it will be named the Cliff Café.

Museum staff say the centre’s café will now close on July 23 until a new contractor is found. Zouboules had initially hoped to move to the new location earlier in the month.

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In a package provided to interested parties, the museum says sales from its café – which seats around 75 people – averaged $31,000 per month in 2017. The monthly lease is $1,700.

The museum’s request for proposals specifically states the new operator is not allowed to use plastic straws at the café, in keeping with a similar move to ditch the straws taken by other local establishments.

The document expresses the museum’s hope a contractor can be found to reopen the café by the end of July, with the contract running through until 2020.

Bidders have until 3pm on July 23 to register their interest through the territory’s contracts website.

Meanwhile, the museum is adding a gender-neutral, accessible washroom to its building. That work is expected to be completed by the end of September.