Denver’s 5 Star Details

Links to Denver's 5 Star webinars, help for Black-owned restaurants, and plastic cutlery as contraband.

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That baby blue plastic silverware is cute, but will it soon be black market? / Ruslan Zagidullin © 123RF.com

The Colorado Restaurant Association has lots of news about Denver’s about-to-launch portal for 5 Star Certification applications, including links to both the Spanish- and English-language town halls about the program. As promised, the city’s 5 Star website now has HVAC and pre-audit checklists available in Spanish and Vietnamese as well as English. (Informational videos in those languages are coming soon, too.)

Black-owned independent restaurants with a gift card program will want to apply for a new program that will provide up to $10,000 in gift cards to encourage repeat dining; applications are due by Wednesday, February 3. And plastic cutlery may soon be contraband in Denver; take the CRA’s survey to let it know how that would affect your restaurant.

The following information comes from the CRA’s January 27 and 28 newsletters. Sign up to receive the full versions here. And take a gander at its Coronavirus Resource Center and on our Covid-19 Reopening Resources for general info.

Denver to Open 5 Star App. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. for 500 Businesses – Webinar Link Now Available

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock held a press conference January 28 during which he announced that the Denver 5 Star applications will open next Tuesday, February 2, at 10 a.m. At that time, only 500 businesses will be able to apply and become pre-certified for the program.

The first round will be capped at 500 applications. The second round of applications will open to receive additional applications two weeks after February 2. If you plan to apply for the program next week, we strongly encourage you to prepare by watching the instructional videos and completing the pre-certification checklist available here. We suggest that you be ready to submit as soon as Denver begins to accept applications. 

There will be three live town halls offering instructions to businesses who wish to apply for the 5 Star program.

  • Monday, February 1 at 6 p.m.: This Spanish-speaking town hall will be held in partnership with the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  • Tuesday, February 2 at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.: These English-speaking town halls will be available for all eligible businesses.

Invitations and information about these town halls will be shared through social media and on the Denver 5 Star webpage found here. 

Colorado Restaurant Foundation and Planterra Foods Launch OZO Good Relief Worker Fund Benefiting Black-Owned Businesses

The Colorado Restaurant Association, Colorado Restaurant Foundation and Planterra Foods are pleased to announce the launch of the OZO Good Relief Worker Fund, a Dine Out to Help Out campaign to help Black-owned businesses and their employees survive the COVID-19 crisis. Planterra Foods has contributed $20,000 to the CRF’s Angel Relief Fund to divide among 20 Black-owned restaurants to incentivize repeat dining through gift cards. Restaurants will use the funds to pay for $25 “thank you” gift cards to give to customers to entice them to be repeat guests.

The CRF is now accepting applications from restaurants who wish to participate in the program. Eligible restaurants must be independently owned, founded and located in Colorado, and Black-owned (no minimum percentage of ownership, but at least one owner must qualify). The restaurant must currently offer gift cards. Find full eligibility requirements and the application here. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 3.

Help Our Advocacy: Denver Plastic Cutlery Survey

The Denver City Council may soon begin considering a proposal that would require customers who wish to receive single-use plastic and/or compostable cutlery and condiment packets with their order to request that those items be included. Restaurants would be prohibited from automatically providing the aforementioned items. We have put together a survey to gauge how this proposal would impact Denver’s restaurants. Your survey responses directly impacts our advocacy work on behalf of this industry.

Respond to the survey here.

5 Star State Certification Program County Guide

We are beginning to see restaurants reopen their indoor dining rooms at a limited capacity in counties with approved 5 Star State Certification Programs. If you have any questions regarding what guidelines certified restaurants have to follow, click here.

Counties interested in implementing the 5 Star State Certification Program must submit a variance application for State approval. Once approved, the county can then launch its application for businesses. Interested businesses can apply for the program through their local county application system. Approved restaurants can then utilize the capacity guidelines and last call hours of the next, less restrictive dial level.

We will continue to provide an updated list of counties with approved 5 Star State Certification Programs and how to find details on the specifics of the program and application process in each county. Below is a list of the 5-Star operating allowances for each county.

  • Adams County – (pilot program open to first 100 restaurants, full approval pending) Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Arapahoe County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Broomfield County – Allows for current operation in Level Yellow
  • Denver County (application approved, implementation pending decrease in COVID-19 metrics)
  • Elbert County – Allows for current operation in Level Yellow
  • Douglas County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Garfield County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Jefferson County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • La Plata County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Larimer County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Moffat County – Allows for current operation in Level Yellow
  • Pueblo County – Allows for current operation in Level Yellow
  • Routt County (application submitted, approval pending)
  • Summit County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange
  • Weld County – Allows for current operation in Level Orange

You can also access our 5 Star County Guide on our website here. You can read more about the 5 Star State Certification Program here.

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