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Classic Cup to reopen doors in June, partners with Operation BBQ Relief

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Posted at 10:01 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 17:27:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you've been down to the Country Club Plaza lately, you've probably noticed it's busier, with more restaurants and shops opening up.

But Classic Cup Sidewalk Cafe isn't opening its doors until June.

Owner Dan McCall said they want to wait to see what other restaurants are doing and take a look at what's working and what isn't. Its sister restaurant, District Pour House, opened its dining area last week.

"We’re kinda using that as a model as what we should and shouldn’t do to come out here," McCall said. "But just going through the guidelines of Kansas City and making sure we’re sanitizing stuff, single use items have been good and then we’re just listening to our customers down there, so hopefully we can take those good policies and bring them over here."

McCall said having a large, outside patio will be helpful when Classic Cup does open back up on June 3 to help with social distancing.

On Thursday, the Kansas City Council passed ordinances to help other restaurants serve guests on sidewalks, parking lots and streets.

Although Classic Cup is closed to the public, employees are staying busy.

Through a Sponsorship with AT&T and a partnership with Operation BBQ Relief, they're creating thousands of meals for those in need.

"This is still a way to get people out working. For us we’ve got a good staff, we got people out here for a long time and once they knew it was a big charity, we had a lot of response to it from our people," MacCall said. "It’s nice getting them to do some sort of work and then just going to a great cause helps it all out."

This is the first full week of the partnership and employees make about 14,500 meals a day.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said Classic Cup would reopen on June 10. We regret the error.

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