hese are certainly turbulent times, especially for the hospitality industry. Last Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar at I-29 and Barry Road in Platte County closed for good after serving Platte Countians for three decades. An announcement on the door indicates the landlord plans to use the property for “another means.” Applebee’s is one of a handful of local restaurants and bars that have permanently closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s possible others could follow. According to a Small Business Pulse Survey, 32.5% of small businesses say they have experienced decreased operating revenues in the last week.
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