This evening temperatures are actually warm for a December night in Kansas City and windy weather in the 40s isn't so bad — Unless you're one of the poor souls working at a restaurant and desperately trying to make outdoor seating work.
Recently, we stumbled upon a nearby hipster locale hoping their heat lamp might garner more customers. The scheme didn't work and locals are justifiably too scared to enjoy a meal near one another right now.
Recently, there was a bit of progress on the curfew and local places can now stay open until 11 PM. Sadly, that hasn't helped THE KANSAS CITY RESTAURANT APOCALYPSE.
Dozens of KCMO restaurants have closed since the start of the pandemic and layoffs now number in the thousands. The industry has been devastated and it'll be a long time (if ever) before the once vibrant KC metro food scene returns . . . Vaccine or not.
Accordingly, we share this quick note from a restaurant insider when we asked about the impact of local precautions . . .
"KC doesn't have a restaurant industry any more. There are just kitchens. It's all drive-thru or delivery. People are going to be really surprised to see all of the empty storefronts in January because, personally, I know of at least a dozen major locations that are going dark for Winter. Sad to say it but most of them won't ever come back. You can't just turn on and turn off a small business, it doesn't work like that . . . We're working on a job loss report and the number we've started with is 2,000 service industry jobs permanently lost just in KCMO. Restaurants used to be a good way to make a living in Kansas City. It was a great community, a lot of fun, and really great people who loved their jobs. There's only a shadow of that now. For the most part, it's over."
As far as hope for the vaxx goes . . . It's uncertain if we'll see small restaurants come back with the same virtuosity and skill they once offered. Instead, expect more corporate and chain offerings buy up local space that now threatens to stand vacant.
Developing . . .