All KC restaurants to shut down dining rooms; Delivery and takeout still an option

KMBZ News Staff
March 17, 2020 - 6:58 am
Food boxes from Chinese restaurant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Monday that all of the city's restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters will close for 15 days beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Officials from Jackson County, Johnson County, Kansas City and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County met and agreed to implement measures to close the establishments.

That means it's a difficult time to be in the hospitality business.

While Kansas City has mandated that dining rooms at local establishments must be shuttered, that doesn't mean restaurants are completely closed for business.

Many have been adding new delivery and curbside pickup options in order to support social distancing, and to make sure that Kansas City's cravings are satisfied.

It's a trend that Danielle Lehman, creator of CurbsideKC couldn't help but notice.

"I wanted to create a central list so consumers could see exactly who's offering curbside takeout and delivery, so I launched CurbsideKC," Lehman explained. "I think it's really important to continue to support these locally-owned restaurants which are already operating on really thin margins right now."

CurbsideKC is a free, easy to use service. There are currently more than 400 restaurants on the annotated list. It includes contact information, notes regarding the food type and details about where customers can go to pick up their food.

Lehman said it's a great way to support local businesses in crisis, but in order to be sure waiters and other staff get their due, too, t's important to always leave a tip. Lehman suggests tipping 20 percent, across the board, especially while businesses and workers may be in crisis. 

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