We're Open: The Rieger shuts down regular service, opens community kitchen due to COVID-19

All proceeds to go to hourly staff
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Posted at 4:42 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 18:43:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Rieger, a restaurant in the Crossroads Arts District, said Monday it will “close conventional services effective immediately.”

In a post on social media, The Rieger called the decision “gut-wrenching.”

Instead of its traditional service, The Rieger will run Crossroads Community Kitchen out of the restaurant, which will “serve our neighbors, guests and staff meals,” according to the post.

The meals will be only to-go, from 4 to 6 p.m. each day, on a pay-as-you’re-able basis.

Money earned from the meals “will go 100% to our hourly staff,” The Rieger said.

The Rieger asked those who are sick or who have been exposed to the virus to avoid the kitchen.

Workers “will be following intense sanitation and health procedures.”

The Rieger also asked for donations in its post, including monetary gifts, perishable items and to-go supplies.

“We believe that our community will show up and support this," The Rieger wrote, "and that the strength, resilience and creativity that we all possess will help us get through this incredibly difficult situation."

The post included the following list of suggested donation items:

  • Food Items
  • Non-perishables
  • Single use and new to-go supplies
  • Gloves
  • Sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Paper Products
  • Cash Donations also accepted

Click here for a list of coronavirus-related closings and cancellations.