To-Go Alcohol in Danger of Disappearing

What happens when lawmakers decide to reenact "Through the Looking-Glass," and other restaurant news.

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A stamp printed in Great Britain shows Tweedledum and Tweedledee Alice Through the Looking-Glass , circa 1993
“Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.” / ©Neftali77/123RF.COM

Because elected lawmakers apparently feel they were voted into office to be as contrary as possible—not actually benefit their constituents—the wildly popular alcohol to go extension is in danger of dying an ignominious death in Colorado’s legislature. Operators (and anyone who’s availed themselves of to-go cocktails), let your elected officials know what you think about that.

The Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is also providing a free RRF expense tracker to help operators document their expenditures, and more EIDL grants of $6,000 or $10,000 are available to businesses located in low-income areas. You can now report job interview no-shows as as job refusals.

And Denver businesses: Keep reading for info on special event liquor permits for July’s All-Star Game and how you can tune in to town halls that will lay the groundwork for the $700 million dollar investment in the city’s businesses, infrastructure, and community resources.

The following information comes from the CRA’s May 26 and 27 newsletters. Sign up to receive the full versions here.

Don’t Let Alcohol to Go End on July 1: Speak out Now!

House Bill 21-1027 was gutted in the Senate last week. We are hearing that legislators will reconsider this proposal in conference committee very soon. This is our last chance to save this allowance for restaurants for five years and continue communal outdoor dining areas. It is imperative that we get the House version of this bill across the finish line! 

This is your last chance to call and email your elected officials to ask them to support the House version of HB 1027. We are in danger of losing the progress we have made on this bill, which we know is vital to restaurants’ success in the post-pandemic recovery period. 

It is crucial that you reach out to your elected officials RIGHT NOW to tell them what alcohol for takeout and delivery has meant to your business (or to you as a diner and a constituent) and how extending this allowance for five years will help our local restaurants recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have already responded to our call to action, please take a moment to respond again. It is very important to demonstrate a large volume of responses to this issue.

If you are a restaurateur, reach out to your representatives by clicking here to send an email.

If you are a diner, reach out to your representatives by clicking here to send an email. 

Please call your elected officials, too! You can find their phone numbers by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Free Tool to Help Restaurants Track RRF Expenses

Today, the National Restaurant Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants released a “Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Expense Tracker” to help grantees easily document their use of funds in specific categories. The budget tool is essential for you to closely monitor RRF eligible expenses. 

Click here to download it or click visit the RRF page to learn more.

We, in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, have created a grassroots petition to policy leaders — from the White House to the Congress — urging additional funding for the RRF to ensure it can provide real relief to the restaurants that need it. We will use the petition to press Washington for action. Please sign here.

The National Restaurant Association has produced a “next steps” guide that walks you through everything you need to effectively – and legally – utilize your RRF grant to preserve your restaurant.

SBA Expands $25 Billion EIDL Advance Cash Grant to Reach More Small Businesses

Both the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance grant program and the Supplemental Targeted Advance program, which provide $10,000 and $6,000 respectively to eligible businesses, will now be available to businesses that applied after December 27, 2020, the previous deadline, as well as all other eligible businesses. 

Businesses will still need to meet the eligibility criteria, including being located in a low-income area and experiencing at least a 30% revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see if your business is eligible.

Click here to apply.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Classifies Interview No-Shows as Job Refusal

We have received confirmation that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) considers it to be job refusal if someone on unemployment does not show up for a scheduled interview. CDLE is asking that employers report the applicant when this occurs. 

Complete this form if someone on unemployment does not show up for an interview or turns down an offer of work. 

If an employee does not have valid cause for not showing for an interview or refusal to return to work, they might be subject to overpayments and in some cases, fraud review. Under unemployment laws, employees must be able and available to work to be determined eligible. Unless otherwise covered under the Safer at Home Executive Order (vulnerable populations, caring for a vulnerable dependent, etc.) when their current employer requests for them to return, they are likely not eligible for unemployment benefits if they refuse to return.

Represent Restaurants at Denver’s Recovery Town Halls

Denver is making a once-in-a-generation investment into our city’s economic recovery. The strategy focuses on community and business support, as well as infrastructure investments to build back Denver’s economy in a way that is equitable, sustainable, and supports communities most impacted by the pandemic.

With $308 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and our own $400 million General Obligation Bond, Denver is preparing to invest more than $700 million into the city’s recovery.

Join the conversation! Share your input on investment priorities and sign up for a telephone townhall at RiseTogetherDenver.org.

Telephone Town Hall Dates

  • Thursday, June 3 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 5 | 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 6 | 11 a.m.

Residents can dial in to a meeting as well:

  • To join the telephone town hall in English, call 1-888-400-1932
  • To join the telephone town hall in Spanish, call 1-888-400-9342

Submit Your Application for a Special Event Liquor Permit for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game by June 9

There are less than 50 days until the festivities begin for the 2021 Major League All-Star Game in Denver. The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses would like to remind organizations or individuals interested in obtaining a Special Event Liquor Permit that they are required to have a complete application submitted to the Department of Excise and Licenses at least 30 days prior to the special event. If you plan to have your Special Event Liquor Permit active by July 9 before the All-Star game, your complete application must be submitted by June 9. For all the requirements to obtain a Special Event Liquor Permit, please visit Denver’s website dedicated to this license. This license requires a Zoning Use Permit obtained by applying to the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development.

You can find information about obtaining a Zoning Use Permit here.

If you are a business hoping to temporarily modify your premise during the All-Star game festivities, you are also required to have a competed application at least 30 days prior, with no exception. For information about applying for a temporary modification of premises, please visit this website. Denver also encourages applicants applying for a use permit to apply online at www.denvergov.org/epermits.

For any questions about required business licensing in Denver, please send an email to licenses@denvergov.org

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