King’s Protest Asserts “Breach In Contract”


Guam – PNC has obtained a copy of the protest that was filed against the food services management contract awarded by the Guam Department of Education last week.


King’s Restaurant filed the protest on July 22nd following the contract award to Sodexo.

In the protest letter to Supply and Management Division of DOE, King’s Attorney Rawlen Mantanona writes that the request for proposal for the contract was in violation of Guam procurement law.

Read the Letter of Protest

The protest letter also asserts: that the contract creates a breach in the current food services contract entered between DOE and King’s restaurant which King’s claims they have the right to renew for four additional one year terms, that doe induced King’s into making improvements to DOE facilities by implying that King’s would be awarded additional contract years, and that the DOE evaluation of bidders was flawed.

DOE Interim Superintendent Taling Taitano yesterday told PNC that the Department has denied the assertions in the protest from King’s.

King’s now has the right to appeal that denial with the Office of Public Accountability.  If they do so it could prevent Sodexo from serving meals while the issue is settled.  Taitano says DOE is working on a plan to hire short term cafeteria staff if that does happen.

King’s owner Freddie Van Dox has declined to comment on the issue until after she consults with her attorney.