KANSAS CITY, MO – While people go out for New Year’s Eve Friday night, COVID-19 has forced another restaurant in the area to close, and because of that, the owners are merging.
“It’s very tough because of COVID,” said Pirate’s and Bone restaurant owner Jasmine Thompson on Friday.
Thompson knows first-hand what it is like to be affected by the coronavirus.
“We had to close our restaurant for a month last year,” she said. “We had to turn our business model around to do a lot of takeaway, sidewalk pickup and delivery, and that’s an extra cost we had not budgeted for, because we have to outsource with third-party delivery drivers, and that̵[ads1]7;s a very expensive cost for us.”
In a Facebook post on Thursday, December 30, Soiree Steak & Oyster House owner Anita Moore said “We have had several employees sick with either COVID or other covid / flu-related illness.”
“We have not seen it in restaurants in Kansas City,” said Bill Teel, CEO of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association on Friday, when asked if he thinks the omicron variant has affected many businesses.
Teel’s group just had its monthly meeting on Tuesday 14 December.
“No one mentioned anything about omicron or mentioned that it negatively affected their business for the New Year.”
COVID in general has of course affected restaurants, but it is difficult to find out whether it is the omicron variant or the delta variant that workers receive.
“I can sympathize with all the restaurant owners here in Kansas City because there’s something we can not control,” Thompson said. “It’s a global pandemic, and we just have to take it one day at a time.”
Moore did not respond to a request for comment Thursday. However, if you purchased tickets at Soiree Steak & Oyster House, Moore’s Facebook post said she would issue refunds. She plans to reopen the restaurant on Tuesday.
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