by: Dara Bitler, Dan Daru

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 / 9:58 AM MDT
Updated: April 23, 2021 / 5:35 PM MDT

DENVER (KDVR) – Good news for diners and maybe better news for people who make a living in the restaurant industry. Restaurant Week 2021 is at the forefront and starts today. There are, however, a side effect of limitations.

The long-awaited announcement scared even Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

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“I’m a little out of practice giving speeches, you’re with me,” said Hancock.

It was good news for the restaurant business.

“Denver and Coloradans are ready to come out and be part of Restaurant Week, aren’t they?” said Hancock.

Sophia Vidal is the managing director of Los Chingones in Denver, one of more than 200 participating restaurants.

“Oh, it’s definitely important. Bring so many new people and it’s great for business, ”she said.

Denver restaurants are now 100% open with seating capacity, but must adhere to the six-foot-high social distancing rules.

“Unfortunately there is no way to do this. So we really rely on good weather so we can take a seat on the terrace,” said Vidal.

There are also sounds of progress on Wilcox Street in Castle Rock. Construction of a new roundabout in front of the Union restaurant.

Inside the Union Restaurant you will hear other noises owner Kim Heideman is very welcome.

“Bringing our guests back, making our staff work full time, yes, feeling like a real restaurant again,” she said.

Heideman says she is grateful for the easing of restrictions in Douglas County, and very grateful that her restaurant is not in Denver.

“We are very happy to be in Douglas County,” she said.

And maybe their customers too.

Participating restaurants will create a multi-course dinner based on one of the three available price points for $ 25, $ 35, or $ 45.

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