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Kansas City's restaurant association gets its first Black president: Alan Kneeland

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Alan Kneeland stands outside of his restaurant The Combine on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Mo.
Alan Kneeland
Alan Kneeland stands outside of his restaurant The Combine on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

This month, Alan Kneeland becomes the first Black president of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. He's the co-owner of The Combine, a pizza restaurant at the corner of 30th and Troost.

Alan Kneeland, owner of The Combine on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, becomes the first Black president of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association this month.

Speaking to KCUR's Up To Date, Kneeland said that it is "pretty significant" to take on this important role.

"Especially in our, I believe, 106 years, it's kind of astounding that I'm having the opportunity to become the president of this association and help lead this organization," he said.

As Kansas City's restaurant industry considers how to best position itself to thrive in the coming years, Kneeland says he wants to be a part of change moving forward.

"We've had a lot of change since the pandemic," Kneeland says. "Now that things have started to settle down, there are new changes with restaurants when it comes to overall concepts and staffing. The list goes on and on."

  • Alan Kneeland, owner of The Combine
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