Saturday, August 08, 2020
Downtown Kansas City Anton's Suffers Social Media Meltdown Amid Ongoing Frustration With City Hall Coronavirus Regulations
Over the past 24 hours Anton's has posted a litany of social media screeds criticizing City Hall and the Health Department for crackdowns and inspections this week. Posts have been deleted, re-posted and then ultimately removed as the social media presence of the luxurious lounge near the downtown Kansas City loop continually balks at new pandemic mandates and regulatory crackdowns.
Out of courtesy we're not going to upload any of the screeds but a great many local connoisseurs of upscale restaurants have taken notice.
Terms like "China-virus" and dreaded inspection "hit squads" and were under discussion among the local restaurant community enduring COVID-19 crackdowns in the aftermath of reported citations and a surprisingly sympathetic response to the online tirade.
The point here is that Anton's has earned national acclaim from the New York Times and it's a well-funded operation with deep pockets . . . If they're sweating tough KC standards, just imagine the hardship faced by small-time outfits also working under the same conditions.
Sadly, it seems like an ingenious "ultraviolet system to disinfect customers" didn't really work and the reality is that the climate for small business in KCMO has become so oppressive that some of the finest establishments are forced to lash out and then stifle their concerns in social media tirades.
Developing . . .