The embattled local restaurant scene confronts another devastating setback as a Winter tradition is now in jeopardy.
To wit . . .
FEAR OF THE DEADLY COVID-19 WINTER SURGE, MORE LOCAL CRACKDOWNS AND SERVER RISK CONFRONTS KANSAS CITY RESTAURANT WEEK 2021!!!
This tradition has always hoped to boost local restaurant fortunes during Winter . . . And now there's an increased charity angle . . . But the best intentions of organizers might not be enough to make this event successful.
First, here's their pitch . . .
Kansas City Restaurant Week: JAN. 8-17, 2021
"Celebrate Kansas City’s premier dining event at hundreds of restaurants throughout the metro. Show your support for KC’s restaurant industry and savor some of the finest plates the city has to offer, thanks to special multicourse menus available throughout the week. Plus, a portion of all proceeds benefit The Don Bosco Centers."
Sadly, behind the scenes, insiders shares a myriad of fears about the foodie festivities. Here's a message sent our way . . .
"Really doubtful we're going to get any kind of buy-in from the public. Basically, this couldn't have happened at a worse time. We're pleading with organizers to postpone the event because it'll be so much worse if we have to shut down in the middle of it. Right now we're seeing absolutely no interest from customers and a lot of servers begging to avoid working these shifts. The carry out options might be the only thing that saves it. Originally, this was geared as an after work party but now everyone is still at home . . . It's a disaster, not a KC restaurant comeback. By every account, it's simply too soon."
Again, to be fair, there are a number of restaurants who have signed on and hope to make the event successful despite dire pandemic news, skepticism from wait staff and the continued city hall COVID curfew.
Still, complaints about bad timing have merit considering the dire COVID-19 predictions from public health officials that coincide with this Kansas City foodie tradition.
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