‘It feels fantastic to be out’

Arvada restaurants reopen for sit-down service

Casey Van Divier
cvandivier@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/3/20

When Arvada restaurants shut down their dine-in services starting March 17, residents couldn’t have foreseen the option wouldn’t come back until May 27. But with the state re-allowing sit-down …

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‘It feels fantastic to be out’

Arvada restaurants reopen for sit-down service

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When Arvada restaurants shut down their dine-in services starting March 17, residents couldn’t have foreseen the option wouldn’t come back until May 27.

But with the state re-allowing sit-down services with certain restrictions starting Wednesday, several local eateries reopened at 50% capacity by the end of the week — with employees finding that many residents were ready to get back to supporting their favorite restaurants.

At Yak and Yeti Restaurant and Brewpub, 7803 Ralston Rd., general manager Ankit Kafle said the team was excited and also a bit nervous to see how a Wednesday reopening might go.

But by Thursday, the restaurant had already received numerous kind comments from its guests, Kafle said. “They’re really happy to be back.”

In the heart of Olde Town, other restaurants are preparing for a plan that will close off portions of Olde Wadsworth and Grandview Avenue for the summer, providing more outdoor space for some restaurants to expand their seating.

In the meantime, many have already reopened their dining rooms and outdoor patios, with quite a few residents seated outside during the nice weather on May 28.

“It feels fantastic to be out,” said resident Jenny Ivie, who was out at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 5760 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., with her son, Cooper. “I just think it’s about time we get out here and I’m so happy to support the businesses.”

Seated at the outdoor patio at Denver Beer Co., 5768 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Christie Winn agreed.

“It’s important to be safe, but I think it’s just as important to take care of your mental health and socialize in a safe manner,” she said. “Be safe. Be happy. Support local businesses.”

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