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Weighty Capitol choices: Tofu or beef burger? Granola or gravy biscuit?

"High quality, nutritious and price-conscious." That's what restauranteur and lobbyist Jeff Sharkey plans for the lower-level and 10th floor Capitol eateries he just took over.

The Times/Herald just got a copy of his bid proposal approved by the state, and it might make those two months stuck inside the Capitol less bland for all of us. Sharkey lays out a "Florida fresh" menu where the pancakes are whole wheat and the bacon comes in regular or turkey. Tofu burgers are offered alongside all-beef, and the lasagna comes in a vegetarian or a meat version. (And yes, we know many of you are rolling your eyes at the notion of tofu between a bun...)

The planned menu might even be healthy enough to help keep off those extra session pounds (if enjoyed in moderation, of course, and in between fast-paced walks to and from the Knott Building ...). But fear not, ye lobbyists who love fried chicken and biscuits with gravy. They'll still be available. But you can wash it down with a sugar-free fruit smoothie. And you can earn free food by being a frequent diner. So very recessionist....

Sharkey this afternoon said the 10th floor will be remodeled first into a "first-class coffee shop," and the menu will be expanded once the renovation is done. Prices are 10 percent lower than they were before he took over. Next comes a renovation of the lower level, he said.

Read for yourself here: Download Bid proposal- Sharkey's

No word yet on staffing changes.

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Eugene Danaher

Just so you know,

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