TOPEKA – A vendor who has provided concessions at the Kansas Statehouse for 39 years says he is quitting.
Don Wistuba, a beloved fixture at the Capitol, says he can’t compete with the free food lobbyists provide for lawmakers during the sessions.
He’s giving up his concession stand on Aug. 31.
Wistuba, who is blind, began operating a snack bar in a state office building in 1974. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports he moved to the Statehouse in 1976.
He says when 90 percent of the people at the Capitol get free food, he can’t keep his business afloat.
And he says there is no longer enough foot traffic in the building when the Legislature is not in session because many state offices have been moved out of the building.