We're Open: Local businesses get creative to keep doors open

Posted at 6:25 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 12:35:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As part of Takeout Tuesday, 41 Action News is showing you a few restaurants keeping their doors open.

Christian and Angela Maciel own the Hungry Hatch and Taste of Brazil food trucks. The couple said their businesses have been struggling since health guidelines prevented large gatherings of people.

"We started getting more and more cancellations and from March through April our books are totally canceled, everything is closed up obviously," Angela Maciel said.

Large festivals and private events are the couple's primary source of income. With so many cancellations, they realized it was time to get creative to keep their doors open.

"Some of the food trucks decided to stay home and close for good, we can't afford that, literally we can't," Christian Maciel said.

The businesses is now doing online ordering and working with neighborhood associations to set up in neighborhoods.

The Maciels will have at least one of their trucks set up in the New Longview Neighborhood in Lee's Summit Wednesday. They will only be accepting online orders. Customers will be able to walk up to the truck one at a time, pick up their food and go.

The couple hopes other neighborhood associations will reach out to them to come into other parts of the metro.

Across town, Oddly Correct Coffee is using online ordering to stay afloat.

Owner Mike Schroeder said guests can place their order online and come in the store to pick it up. They can also stop in and place an order to go.

"What we're trying to do is make our process as safe and easy as possible for people who are going to need coffee," Schroeder said. "We know the entirety of the metro area now has to home school their kids, and I don't think that's possible without coffee."

The business is also partnering with RefugeKC to take donations for refugees in the KC metro.

"We found out through them that there's a large refugee population here in Kansas City who just found out what's going on," Schroeder said.

The business is hoping people will donate rice, lentils, dried beans and baby wipes and diapers.