The colder weather during the pandemic will make survival even harder for local restaurants and our pals in Westport predict disaster amid tougher regulations now that COVID-19 numbers are spiking.
To wit . . .
WESTPORT LEADERS WARN THAT WINTER COLD & CORONAVIRUS RULES WILL CLOSE HALF OF THE REMAINING RESTAURANTS ALREADY STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE!!!
Here's off-the-record comment that confirms a lot of what we already know . . . KCMO small biz are up in arms against COVID-19 rules and would like to believe the pandemic isn't real despite increased infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
A Westport leader sent this message . . .
"We're talking about hundreds of full-time jobs paying a living wage GONE this winter if things keep going this way. Most of the restaurants in Westport aren't set up for drive-thru and that this point that's the only thing that's viable. The health department has been threatening one place after the next with shut downs . . . Locally owned restaurants are getting all of the scrutiny under the administration of Mayor Lucas. I look around and see a lot of people who want to go out and enjoy Westport but we've had nothing but challenges and shaming from City Hall.
They don't want us to succeed and they don't care if we survive.
It seems like they're more interested in proving to their friends in D.C. that they enforced their orders. KC has always been a place for business to survive but now the Mayor & Dr. Rex are making it impossible."
On the bright side, here's a missive that imagines customers are going to enjoy heat lamps and sitting outside as the weather becomes increasingly crisp:
Money line . . .
"(A local restaurant owner) knows a Kansas City winter won't keep the (outdoor) space alive forever. But she said her family will do what it can to be here for the customers."
Developing . . .