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We're Open: Succotash pays it forward for health workers

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:45:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Succotash restaurant is now closed to the public, shifting solely to a "pay it forward" model that will provide meals for front line workers at local hospitals.

The 19-year-old restaurant near Hospital Hill in Kansas City has been offering carryout meals along with their pay it forward option in recent days, continuing to adjust their business in the face of COVID-19.

Owner Beth Barden made the announcement this week and said they are down to a staff of about 10 from 25. She also said sales for their pay it forward meals have been generous, outpacing their carryout sales.

She hopes knowing someone bought the meal for them gives those on the front lines added encouragement.

“I think the combination of sustenance like physically and emotionally is the key," Barden said. “You have to have an ‘atta girl’ along with the cinnamon roll. It's not just the cinnamon roll, it's like I see you and I can't comprehend how hard this is for you but in my small way, I can try to make it better."

You can find a “Pay It Forward” button on their website and those meals cost $10. They will also be offering meals to their staff at this time.

We've created a Facebook group, We're Open Kansas City, where members of the community can post businesses serving their community.