Capitol Alert

Federal marshals conduct ‘till tap’ at Capitol deli

A popular eatery inside the state Capitol building was closed Friday after the U.S. Marshals Service effected what is known as a “till tap,” taking money from the cash register to satisfy a court order.

Deputy U.S. Marshall Frank Newsom said two agents seized money at O! Deli, on the 6th floor of the Capitol building, without incident late Thursday afternoon or evening.

Newsom said he did not know the nature of the court order or how much money was seized.

A union, Unite Here Local 49, applied for a written statement of judgment for $22,907 against the restaurant’s Dam Khan a day before the till tap, according to court filings.

The union had previously obtained two arbitration awards in a grievance arising from the termination of two union employees from the restaurant.

Khan could not be reached Friday for comment.

A sign on the door of the restaurant, which is popular with legislative staff, said it would remain closed “until further notice due to a personal emergency.”

O! Deli has contracted with the Assembly Rules Committee and the Senate Rules Committee since 2007 to operate the 6th floor cafeteria. The restaurant pays 0.5 percent of their sales in rent.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders. Jim Miller of The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.