Three Easy Ways To Support Downtown Businesses

Check out these simple, fun ways to show your support for businesses affected by KC Streetcar construction.

Chances are you’ve found yourself cursing the construction required for KC’s streetcar. But don’t let it stop you from visiting businesses along the route.

Download the app. The Open for Business-KC Streetcar app, launched by the The KC Streetcar Constructors and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in partnership with the Downtown Council, encourages people to shop, eat and visit spots along the route from Union Station to River Market. The app features a loyalty rewards system that allows patrons to earn points for checking in at businesses on the route, and the points make you eligible to win a monthly prize, as well as a grand prize drawing of $5,000 once construction ends.

Download the free app for Apple devices here and Android devices here.

Tweet/Photo by Valerie Cochran. (@yourwaitress)

Take the pledge. The 40 Weeks Pledge is celebrating KC history in the making and encouraging participants to be part of it by doing something downtown every week until streetcar construction is complete. Document what you’re doing and share it on Twitter and Instagram using #40WeeksDTKC. The best posts will be featured on This week’s challenge? Eating out. If only there was some special event going on to make that prospect even more enticing…

Dig in. Loads of delicious restaurants on the streetcar route are participating in Kansas City Restaurant Week, including Affäre, BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Bristol, Drunken Fish, Extra Virgin, Michael Smith, Nara and Pierpont’s. Now through Sunday, Jan. 25, you get to eat delicious food at a great price, and they get your business and a chance to prove they’re well worth braving a detour for. You can also join the KC Streetcar Lunch Bunch, a group that gathers every Wednesday at a different downtown area to grab a bite and support local eateries. Keep an eye on the KC Streetcar Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest news on where the lunch group is heading as well as construction updates.

Sushi bento box, one of the Restaurant Week dishes featured at Nara. Photo via