GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Restaurant Appreciation Month starts on Saturday in Golden with incentives and prizes for customers. The Golden Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Visit Golden to celebrate local restaurants and fuel economic recovery from COVID-19.

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Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg is celebrating the start of Restaurant Appreciation Month with a ribbon cut on Saturday at 10 am under the “Welcome to Golden” Arch on Washington Avenue. The event will recognize the difficult conditions many restaurants have faced over the past year due to the pandemic.

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“Many Golden restaurants have downgraded, changed their accommodations and in some cases even closed their doors,” said Megan Pinson, director of marketing at Visit Golden. “We wanted to work with other Golden Organizations to support Golden Restaurants. You are such a vibrant part of the community and we hope people will embrace this effort and enjoy great food while having fun. “

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Customers visiting Golden Restaurants can save their receipts of $ 10 or more and take them to the Golden Visitor Center for a goodie bag, souvenir tasting glass, and vouchers for local businesses. Officials say receipts must be dated May 2021 and include a gold restaurant name, location and date for the review.

Visit Golden will be posting more prices and opportunities on social media later this month. Restaurant customers are also encouraged to share photos of their meals on social media using the hashtag #LoveGoldenRestaurants.

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The annual Taste of Golden event is also underway. Until May 9th, foodies will be invited to visit participating businesses to complete trivia- and app-based challenges and earn points for prizes. More information is available at goldenchamber.org.