Colorado restaurant illegally reopened for dine-in service on Mother's Day
The restaurant has now had its business license suspended
A restaurant in Colorado reopened illegally this past weekend, attracting hundreds of customers for Mother’s Day brunch.
C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock served hundreds of diners for sit-down meals on Sunday May 10. The restaurant defied the state’s order to suspend dine-in service until at least the end of the month.
According to Colorado Community Media report Nick Puckett, the restaurant’s owner, April Arellano said, “I expected it to be busy. I never expected this. I'm so happy so many people came out to support the Constitution and stand up for what is right. We did our time. We did our two weeks. We did more than two weeks… and we were failing. We had to do something.”
Puckett posted a video of the cafe, in which you can see customers lining up out the door, and an armed bouncer manning the door. Many customers are sitting close together, in complete disregard of social distancing measures. The reporter said only one person could be seen wearing a mask inside the building.
The restaurant announced the reopening by tweeting the following:
The Tri-County Health Department told CBS Denver in a statement on May 10, “We are disappointed that Cookies and Crème has decided to ignore the Governor’s Safer at Home order and open up today with no attention to social distancing.”
Today Colorado Community Media posted an update to the story, reporting that the state has now suspended the restaurant’s business license after it defied the public health order.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment believes that C&C Coffee and Kitchen is causing "an immediate health hazard," Governor Jared Polis said at a May 11 news conference.