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Westport debuts sidewalk, street cafes

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 15:41:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Westport Entertainment District has long been a hot spot for Kansas Citians on Friday and Saturday nights.

The district is hoping to maintain that reputation, even if things look different in 2020.

Starting tonight, six Westport businesses will open up sidewalk and street cafes that allow businesses to reopen, but within city and health guidelines.

To accommodate the request, two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue will close down.

“By the city allowing our local small businesses to temporarily extend their premises on the sidewalks and streets, many businesses can now break even while following with the social distancing mandates,” Franklin Kimbrough, executive director of the Westport Regional Business League, said Friday in a release. “This innovative policy change is good for job retention, local business survival, and the city’s tax base.”

Participating businesses include Kelly’s Westport Inn, Sweet Combforts and Wingman Kitchen, Gambals Social Club, Clothz Minded, Fidel’s and Mickey’s Hideaway.