Webster House in Crossroads to close permanently

Webster House
Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 19:20:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A restaurant and retail store in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District will not reopen once stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Shirley Bush Helzberg, the founder of Webster House, said Monday that the business has permanently closed. According to Helzberg, it was no longer sustainable due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Webster House opened in 2002 in the historic Webster School building at 1644 Wyandotte St. Helzberg restored the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to its website.

Helzberg said it was an "honor" to renovate the building and that staff will miss their customers.

The first floor specialized in antiques, gifts and apparel, while the second floor housed Webster’s Restaurant.

Though it won’t reopen, Webster House does plan to have a final sale, Helzberg said.