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Drew Litton: Preserving Denver’s Casa Bonita experience


What’s Working: Colorado tops labor lists — even for restaurant workers

Restaurants say hiring has improved, with 84% reporting hiring challenges now compared to 91%. So, not much. Plus: COVID-19 deaths by education level, marital status and more.


What’s Working: There are more job openings than Coloradans on unemployment. Matchmaking isn’t easy.

As pandemic unemployment comes to an end next week, some struggle to find a job or fear catching COVID-19. Plus: Businesses try to hire, wages are rising and what happened when some states ended federal benefits early?


Silverman: Look closely, stop and listen, and you can find the heart of Denver

After watching Denver businesses close their doors due to COVID and protests, even the reopening of a downtown McDonald's offered a pick-me-up

Opinion Columns

Supply chain problems — from salsa to sheet metal — are hampering Colorado businesses’ coronavirus recovery

Colorado businesses face increasing costs and lengthy wait times to purchase items ranging from chicken wings to sheet metal as supply chain crunches disrupt markets across the globe.


Nicolais: They almost killed Casa Bonita! South Park creators aim to come to the rescue

With the iconic Colorado restaurant still closed to food service, two cartooning crusaders are the latest to offer assistance

Opinion Columns

Silverman: There’s a chicken sandwich war in Denver, and I may have found the winner

I generally prefer healthy, local and sustainable meals, but I made it my mission to taste the drive-thru alternatives popping up all over town

Opinion Columns

What’s Working: Denver business leaders say $45,000 is the new “scrape-by” wage

More women and people of color fall below that wage so here’s how to help them move up. Plus: Colorado Republicans ask for end to federal unemployment benefits; a company's expansion adds 100 jobs and lots of other actual jobs


What’s Working: Seasonal hiring sputtering for restaurants, resorts across Colorado

Plus: Restaurants push for more federal aid, jobless data adjusted due to fraud and more.


Unemployed Coloradans want work that pays a livable wage as employers struggle to fill openings

The restaurant industry in particular is finding it difficult to hire help, but economists say the labor shortage is more of a pandemic blip in an economy already facing a tight labor market before COVID-19 struck.


Opinion: To help save Colorado restaurants, we need another round of alcohol to go

It won't make up for all the lost revenue from the last year, but it will give restaurants a much-needed boost to keep moving towards recovery.

Opinion Columns

Colorado restaurants are funding farming and ranching projects that suck carbon from the atmosphere

Some see regenerative agriculture as a key way to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air worsening climate change.


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

A previous executive order from Democratic Gov. Jared Polis allowing takeout alcohol was scheduled to expire this summer.


What’s Working: Why there are at least 2,314 new technology jobs in Colorado

Plus, the latest on federal aid for restaurants and entertainment venues, fraud updates, and overpayment issues for the unemployed.


Casa Bonita, which has been closed during coronavirus, files for bankruptcy

Casa Bonita in Lakewood, famous for its cliff divers, a 30-foot waterfall and festive decorations, filed for bankruptcy protection on April 6


Big idea: Colorado could extend to-go cocktails beyond coronavirus to make them the “law of the land”

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to let restaurants sell to-go cocktails, beer and wine forever. Liquor stores want the brakes pumped.

Politics and Government

Carman: I’ll take a shot of vaccine, a beer and the house special … with extra everything

Opinion Columns

Colorado governor moves to loosen level-red coronavirus restrictions as cases decline

The Democrat said that he is asking the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to move counties that had been under level-red restrictions to level-orange restrictions starting on Monday


Updated federal coronavirus loan program offers more relief, but not all Colorado businesses are eligible

The new congressional coronavirus relief bill now allows small businesses to deduct expenses paid for by forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan funds and other federal grants


Colorado unemployment claims are sharply rising again with restaurants seeing largest share of job cuts

The state has paid out $6.5 billion in benefits since the pandemic began, nearly the same amount as it did across three years of the Great Recession

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