Community reacts to Downtown Cape Girardeau businesses closing

3 businesses in downtown Cape Girardeau closed

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Several downtown businesses owned by a Cape Girardeau neurosurgeon are no longer open during regular hours.

In an email response Dana Shobe with Fonn Enterprises, which is owned by Dr. Sonjay Fonn, said that The Bar, The Buckner Brewing Company and Stevie’s Steakburgers are all “closed to the general public but are open for special events or catering by reservation only.”

The sudden change to reduce business hours is surprising the local community, including Southeast student Cynthia Beeding.

“Well ‘The Bar’ was definitely disappointing because I’ve never been," she said. "That was somewhere that I had on my list. My friends have had a lot of good things to say about it. I definitely hope that they reopen.”

Beeding found out after seeing the closed sign at Ragsdale’s Pub which is part of Buckner’s.

“I was pretty bummed to hear that. I didn’t realize they hadn’t been open. Last time I went it was a really cool atmosphere,” Beeding said.

Marla Mills, the executive director of Old Town Cape thinks it’s not the worst-case scenario because the businesses are still offering some services.

She sees changes as “two steps forward, one step back.”

“There are different levels of engagement of businesses and although we think the synergy from fully operational businesses is ideal,” Mills said. “We are not going back further. When a business closes sometimes you have to look at what the positive outcome is and how that business can improve, so that the next business that goes in there has an opportunity to be more successful.”

But Mills says the decision to reduce hours not only impacts customers but also people trying to make a living.

“People who had full time jobs or part-time jobs on a regular basis but in addition the businesses surrounding them," Mills said. "If it was a business that was bringing in a lot of people on a daily basis then sometimes those people and shopped.”

Shobe says Fonn Enterprises has no intention to sell any of their businesses or properties at this time.

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