CRA: Free Restaurant Legal Assistance Statewide

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Not-technically-but-effectively shutdowns continue to ripple across the state as an additional seven Colorado counties are move to Level Red by mid-week. In an attempt to help operators, the CRA is compiling a database to help publicize winter promotions. It has has also updated its employee resource center that points workers in the direction of food, rent, mortgage, and unemployment assistance, job boards, mental health resources, and more. Louisville and Englewood businesses will want to weigh in at city council meetings tonight. Perhaps most welcome for struggling businesses, law firm Messner Reeves is offering four free hours of legal assistance to Colorado restaurants (and you don’t have to be a member of the CRA to take advantage of it).

The following information comes from the CRA’s November 20 newsletter. Sign up to receive the full version here.

Six Counties Moved to Level Red

Counties that moved to Level Red on Sunday, November 22:

  • Alamosa
  • Otero
  • Prowers
  • Pueblo
  • Summit
  • Weld

Counties moving to Level Red on Tuesday, November 24:

  • Larimer

See the full updated capacity chart here and where your county is on the dial here.

Submit Your Winter Offerings to Our Dine Out to Help Out Database

We are putting together an online Dine Out to Help Out database to promote restaurants and their winter offerings throughout this challenging season. The database highlights your seasonal offerings, including outdoor dining and seasonal specials, and will be marketed in partnership with the state to encourage the public to think of creative ways they can support restaurants. We are also planning a social media and media campaign to draw attention to the database all December.

Submit your restaurant’s winter offerings here.

Resources for Furloughed and Laid Off Hospitality Industry Employees

We know many of you are enduring one of the most difficult weeks since the pandemic began, and that you may have had to furlough or lay off a sizable portion of your staff in the wake of tightening capacity. Please know that our heart goes out to you, and we continue to work day and night to secure relief at all levels of government. For employees that have been laid off or furloughed, we have updated our Employee Resource Center, available here. This list of resources includes access to unemployment, additional cash assistance, mental health and other wellness resources, and more. 

Upcoming Local Meetings That Impact Restaurants

The Englewood City Council will meet on Monday, November 23, at 6 p.m. to discuss third-party delivery fee caps.

The Louisville City Council  will meet on Tuesday, November 24, at 6 p.m. to discuss expanded outdoor dining options.

Click here for more information on both upcoming meetings.

Free COVID-19 Legal Assistance

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants are forgoing legal help for fear of accruing expenses they won’t be able to pay. In an effort to give back to the restaurant community in its darkest hour and get operators the assistance they need, Denver-based law firm Messner Reeves is offering each Colorado restaurant up to four hours of pro bono legal services to address issues arising from the pandemic. This offer is available to all Colorado-based and Colorado-located restaurants, and the only requirement is that your legal issue be COVID-19-related. Areas of assistance include: 

  • Recent regulatory changes and developments impacting the restaurant industry;
  • Landlord/Tenant negotiations and lease review;
  • CARES Act/SBA Funding (EIDL loan applications, PPP forgiveness, and other issues surrounding the programs);
  • Vendor negotiations;
  • Policies & Procedures including employee and customer health, food safety, and other compliance requirements.

To access this assistance, send an email succinctly stating what your issue is to We will refer you to the Messner Reeves team, who will conduct a short intake interview to determine your primary needs and assign you to the correct practice. Please understand that Messner Reeves may be inundated by requests, and they will work through them as quickly as they can without sacrificing work quality.

Talk to us! Email your experiences (and thoughts, opinions, and questions—anything, really) to


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