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Colorado may permanently allow cocktails to-go as bill makes its way through the legislature

People in Colorado may keep celebrating happy hour at home with beverages from their favorite restaurants after the state House passed a measure to extend the sale of to-go cocktails past the duration of coronavirus pandemic. State representatives unanimously advanced the bill to the Senate on Wednesday, KUSA-TV reported. A previous executive order from Democratic Gov. […]

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Will Colorado’s special legislative session save restaurants? “Probably not,” industry leader says.

Beast and Bottle’s owners know they could never sell enough take-out chicken pot pies to reap the full benefit of a new sales tax relief proposal that Colorado lawmakers are serving up for next week’s special legislative session.  Under the coronavirus relief plan crafted by Democrats, restaurant owners would get to keep up to $2,000 […]

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Colorado governor lets bars, restaurants serve alcohol until 11 p.m., but continues last-call limit for 30 more days

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday said he will allow bars and restaurants in Colorado to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. starting on Saturday, but extend his last-call order earlier for at least another 30 days.  Polis last month required bars and restaurants to cut off alcohol service at 10 p.m. for a month in light […]

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Why a global fight over airplane manufacturing is affecting wine lists in Colorado restaurants

Nate Klatt, his wife and a college friend had built up a small but good business selling imported wine to Colorado restaurants and wine stores. And then the troubles began. First, in October, a 25% federal tariff was imposed on imports of French, German and Spanish wines as part of a dispute over European airplane […]

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Colorado lawmakers want to keep your to-go quarantinis flowing beyond the coronavirus crisis

There’s a lot Coloradans would rather forget about quarantine 2020, but here are a few things they might want to keep: the Rio’s carry-out margarita “survival kit,” the five-cocktail “Dr. Manhattan” from Post Brewing Co., and to-go bottles of Asahi beer via patio pickup at Sushi Den. Take-out cocktails, bottles of wine and growlers of […]

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Colorado governor orders closure of restaurants, bars for at least 30 days to stem coronavirus spread

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday ordered the closure of all Colorado restaurants and bars to in-person dining in a dramatic effort to slow the new coronavirus as it rapidly spreads across the state. The order, effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday, lasts for 30 days, but is renewable. It also mandates that gyms, casinos and theaters, […]

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Gunnison County bans restaurants, bars from serving people 60 and older to slow coronavirus spread

UPDATED: This story was updated at 1:33 p.m. on March 16, 2020, to report sweeping changes to the Gunnison County public health order, including closing all short-term lodging. Gunnison County has ordered a dramatic step in the fight against COVID-19: Bars and restaurants can no longer serve people 60 years and older. Those establishments can […]