Metro businesses with Belgian ties closely monitoring developments following Brussels attacks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Businesses with a Belgian connection are following the events in Europe closely.

Every day, hungry customers come to The Classic Cookie for their specialty: Belgian waffles. The website, ranks the breakfast spot as the best place for Belgian waffles in town. Owner Leslie Stockard says she feels a cultural connection to Belgium because she worked hard to make her waffles true to their origin.

"There`s a little restaurant, I can`t remember the name of it, but they are famous, world-famous apparently for their Belgian waffles,"
Stockard said. "And they were kind enough to let me come and watch them make them."

At Boulevard Brewing Company, which has been owned by a Belgian brewer since 2013, the company says no one from Kansas City is currently in Belgium. In a prepared statement the parent company's CEO says "I would like to reassure you that we are all safe following the Brussels attacks. We are terribly shocked by what is happening, but thankfully everyone at the brewery is ok. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families."

The attacks are a popular topic of talk at The Classic Cookie, and some say their plans to travel overseas may change as a result.

"Everyone is just stunned and becoming angry that things like this keep happening to innocent people that are just going about their daily business," Stockard said.

The restaurant says it will continue to be as authentic as possible when it comes to making an American breakfast favorite, the Belgian waffle.

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