2 restaurants in the KC area cite pandemic challenges for the closure

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KANSAS CITY, Mon – As 2022 approaches, COVID-19 is forcing more restaurants in the Kansas City area to close.

On Tuesday, the owner of Brookside Poultry Co. said pandemic challenges are causing it they close on January 29th.

Plowboys Barbeque too they announced closed their location in Overland Park.

“What’s going to happen in 2022? I have no idea,” said Chef Charles d’Ablaing of Brookside Poultry Co .. “I know I don’t want to be in 2021. I don’t want to see it again because it went up and down. “

D’Ablaing made the tough decision to close his business. The restaurant became a roast chicken staple in the neighborhood after it opened in 2018.

After the news of the restaurant’s closure spread, customers showed their support by ordering take-out.

“We’ll take care,” said D’Ablaing. “We really care about where people come in and sit down and they give us great pictures because we care. You take care of us. We take care of them.”

At the moment, the restaurant is only making take-out because some staff have tested positive for the virus.

Among the many factors behind the deal, D’Ablaing points to unreliable business levels and skyrocketing product costs.

“When you see these percentages go up, it hurts very quickly,” said D’Ablaing.

It’s similar with Todd Johns, the owner of Plowboys Barbeque.

“Really, we’re going into 2022 with a third leg for ourselves,” said Johns. “That’s inflation.”

Johns also faces issues like staff shortages and supply chain issues. He decided to close his location in Overland Park.

“It just makes sense for us to pull back, shrink a bit, focus on the two restaurants that have been open for seven years in downtown Kansas City, eight and a half years in Blue Springs, and they really strengthen our company and focus on it prepare to get it through next year, “said Johns.

Despite the announcements of the two restaurants, the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association is optimistic about the restaurant industry for 2022.

“Hopefully we won’t have any more surprises with the virus,” said Bill Teel of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. “It all depends on that, but 2022 should be a pretty good year for us.”

Teel said staffing has been a challenge for many restaurants, but things are getting better.

“It was a big problem two or three months ago, but restaurants are starting to get their workers back,” said Teel.

For D’Ablaing, he shared a message in support of small businesses.

“Just take care of your local restaurants,” he said. “You have to. Otherwise they won’t be here.”


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