3 Kansas City shops on Troost Avenue get back to business after break-ins

Some Kansas City businesses along Troost Avenue near 55th Street are picking up the pieces and moving forward after break-ins that occurred early Wednesday morning.A burglar was captured on surveillance video inside Urban Café after he broke through the glass door and tried to pry open an empty cash register.”We had got robbed at gunpoint earlier this year. You know, it’s just the price you pay in this area, I guess,” said Urban Café owner Justin Clark. Surveillance video also shows a burglar unsuccessfully trying to break into Blackhole Bakery while there were workers inside preparing food for morning sales.There are chip marks on the glass front door and nearby window.”I was really concerned about the safety of my employees because I did have two people working in the back. So , we’re going to make a few changes so that it looks like we’re here when we are here and maybe that’ll deter some folks from trying to make that attempt,” said Jason Provo, Blackhole Bakery owner.Across the stre et from the bakery, High Hopes owner Jamie Howard was making ice cream when she heard the glass door to her business getting smashed.According to her fiancée Jonathan Bush, Jamie chased away the burglar with a kitchen knife.”I worried about her, just going through that traumatic experience. But she’s safe and she didn’t get hurt,” Bush said.Urban Café, Blackhole Bakery and High Hopes all opened on the same block within the last three years.There are also other businesses new to the area.For High Hopes, which opened just over a year ago, it was the first crime issue.”We live in the neighborhood, so we want to serve our neighbors. This is our neighborhood; we love it We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Bush said. Blackhole Bakery has been at its Troost Avenue location for two-and-a-half years. The bakery routinely sells out its inventory as it did on Thursday.” We’re doing good. We’re hoping to expand, and we hope to be here for a while. I’m actually looking to extend our lease here that’s almost up,” Provo said. “So, yeah, we’re home. This is where we’re going to stay for sure.”Urban Cafe moved from its location around 41st Street and Troost Avenue to the southwest corner of 55th and Troost at the end of 2019.”At the time when we opened up Urban Cafe, this was something new for Troost. Me going into business on Troost was I felt, it was just something that was needed at the time,” Clark said. “I would have never thought in a million years that I would have my first restaurant in the area like this.”All Three owners believe the same burglar hit their stores early Wednesday morning.Nobody was hurt and nothing was stolen.So far, no arrest has been made.

Some Kansas City businesses along Troost Avenue near 55th Street are picking up the pieces and moving forward after break-ins that occurred early Wednesday morning.

A burglar was captured on surveillance video inside Urban Café after he broke through the glass door and tried to pry open an empty cash register.

“We had got robbed at gunpoint earlier this year. You know, it’s just the price you pay in this area, I guess,” said Urban Café owner Justin Clark.

Surveillance video also shows a burglar unsuccessfully trying to break into Blackhole Bakery while there were workers inside preparing food for morning sales.

There are chip marks on the glass front door and nearby window.

“I was really concerned about the safety of my employees because I did have two people working in the back. So, we’re going to make a few changes so that it looks like we’re here when we are here and maybe that’ I’ll deter some folks from trying to make that attempt,” said Jason Provo, Blackhole Bakery owner.

Across the street from the bakery, High Hopes owner Jamie Howard was making ice cream when she heard the glass door to her business getting smashed.

According to her fiancée Jonathan Bush, Jamie chased away the burglar with a kitchen knife.

“I worried about her, just going through that traumatic experience. But she’s safe and she didn’t get hurt,” Bush said.

Urban Cafe, Blackhole Bakery and High Hopes all opened on the same block within the last three years.

There are also other businesses new to the area.

For High Hopes, which opened just over a year ago, it was the first crime issue.

“We live in the neighborhood, so we want to serve our neighbors. This is our neighborhood; we love it. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Bush said.

Blackhole Bakery has been at its Troost Avenue location for two-and-a-half years.

The bakery routinely sells out its inventory as it did on Thursday.

“We’re doing good. We’re hoping to expand, and we hope to be here for a while. I’m actually looking to extend our lease here that’s almost up,” Provo said. “So, yeah, we’re home. This is where we’re going to stay for sure.”

Urban Café moved from its location around 41st Street and Troost Avenue to the southwest corner of 55th and Troost at the end of 2019.

“At the time when we opened up Urban Cafe, this was something new for Troost. Me going into business on Troost was I felt, it was just something that was needed at the time,” Clark said. “I would have never thought in a million years that I would have my first restaurant in the area like this.”

All three owners believe the same burglar hit their stores early Wednesday morning.

Nobody was hurt and nothing was stolen. So far, no arrest has been made.

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