Local eateries and their employees have been among the hardest hit by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. With their dining rooms closed to the public, dozens of independent local restaurants across the Shawnee Mission area have had to drastically cut back on their operations and lay off staff.
These are the kinds of businesses that add unique character to our area — and we can’t afford to lose them.
So each day, we’ll be highlighting local businesses that are trying to make ends meet during these lean weeks and carve out a path that gets them to the other side of this thing.
We’re starting today with The Wooden Spoon. This mom-and-pop breakfast and lunch joint opened its second location at the Fox Hill Center near I-435 in Overland Park last year. While the original location on College Blvd. near JCCC has been temporarily closed during the pandemic, owner Tina Yake said they’re still cranking out their popular biscuits and gravy, hashbrown casserole and other dishes from the Fox Hill location.
Yake said they’ve been trying to figure out a way to keep going during the crisis.
“In light of the current pandemic, like every food service company in Johnson County, we are grasping at straws to stay afloat,” she said. “More worrisome, besides our business affairs, are people who have been on the losing end of hoarders for basic necessities.”
So, Yake said, in “trying to figure out a win-win situation,” the restaurant is offering what it’s calling the Village Special: with a purchase of a pan of Biscuits and Gravy or Hashbrown Casserole, which can feed 12 people, customers get a loaf of freshly baked bread and a dozen eggs.
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