Wearing purple and gold protective masks, the men of Omicron Xi Chapter, an unincorporated chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, have been doing their part to support Kansas City businesses that have been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the past five weekends, Omicron Xi members have safely patronized restaurants located within the urban core of Kansas City while closely following CDC social distancing recommendations.

Since April 18, 2020, the chapter has supported Bayou on the Vine, Soirée Steak & Oyster House, Game Day Chicken & Wings, and Urban Café.  

Their goal has been to order at least 100 meals from each restaurant as a way to stimulate a positive economic impact.

“We wanted to make a positive difference in our community,” said Tyrone Taylor, the member who spearheaded the initiative.

“We choose restaurants in the community, those that have served the community well, they’ve helped others, so we just want to kind of help them as well,” Taylor said.

The restaurant owners have been grateful to have customer support.

“To be able to have the support that we have and the exposure we have, it’s been great,” Cortne’ Green, co-owner of Bayou on the Vine, recently told 41 Action News.

“Every day, it’s a gamble. We don’t know what we’re going to expect as far as people coming in, who is going to call, who is going to order,” Green said.

Omicron Xi was recently awarded the fraternity’s Eighth District – Social Action chapter of the year for their year-long community outreach efforts.

Taylor said his fraternity brothers and hopefully their friends and others in Kansas City will continue to support different local businesses during these troubling times.

“We’re just kind of picking people that have been good to the community, you know, restaurants that have been in the Kansas City area for a long time,” Taylor said. They’ve been good people, they’ve served the community well, they’ve helped others, so we just want to kind of help them as well.”

The Omicron Xi Chapter challenges all other Greek organizations to support THE CALL during COVID-19.