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Reopened Kansas City Restaurants Are Still Struggling To Survive

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Urban Cafe, located on Troost Avenue, is one of many local restaurants struggling to remain afloat. Co-owner Rashaun Clark said she asked for a PPP loan from the federal government, but never heard back on their application.

Restaurant owners are simultaneously dealing with employees testing positive for COVID-19 and less business than usual, and the experience of eating out doesn't provide the same feeling of camaraderie.

"I don't really have time to talk to people anymore, to have that sense of community with them," Heirloom Bakery co-owner Scott Meinke said, "which is really sad because that's about 50% of the restaurant — connecting with your customers."

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