Kansancafe has announced it is closing its doors in Kansas City, Kansas, due to the ongoing protests against the city’s new governor, Matt Mead.
The cafe, which opened in 2015, is located in the historic Gateway Arch building, located at 1420 Gateway Ave.
and will remain open as a “cultural hub,” according to a statement released by the cafe’s owner, David Todhunter.
The letter, signed by several other businesses, including Kansafield and Kansascape, was shared with the city council in March.
The letter addressed the city of Kansas, specifically the city attorney and the City Council, but also addressed businesses and residents.
In an interview with KTVB-TV on Tuesday, Mead said he would not be returning to the city.
The Kansas Capital One Cafe, located in Gateway Arch.
(Photo: David Togel, KSAT)”I will not be attending the State of the City Address on March 15th, as I have made clear to the City of Kansas City that I do not want to attend the address,” Mead said in a statement.
The Gateway Arch is a landmark in the Kansas City area, but the building is currently undergoing renovation. “
If the City is willing to support the new administration in Kansas, they should do so, and I would be happy to do that.”
The Gateway Arch is a landmark in the Kansas City area, but the building is currently undergoing renovation.
The Gateway Arch, located on a block of 14th Street in downtown Kansas City.
(Image: KCTV5)The protests that began after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt declared the state of Kansas a sanctuary state in late March have continued to rage across the state, and the Gateway Arch has been a frequent location for the demonstrations.
Protesters have called the building a “fenced-in, white supremacist monument.”
Mead said the cafe is closing as a cultural hub, a reference to the building’s status as a monument to segregation.
“We have a long history of supporting the African-American community and their rights to protest, and our goal is to provide our customers with an experience they can be proud of,” the letter read.
“We would love to have you return in the future.
The letter also said that the closure was not meant to be “political” or to create “negative social climate.”
“I am deeply saddened by this decision,” Todhunner said in the statement.
The city of Kansac is not the only city to be affected by the protests.
The Kansas City Star reported in May that a Starbucks in the city was shut down for about three days.
In a statement to the Star, the coffee chain said that it had been closed since late March due to “protests by protesters” and that it would reopen after the “normal business cycle.”
“The Starbucks in Kansas will reopen in the coming days and we will continue to work with the City and other business owners to ensure they are able to resume their operations,” the statement read.