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In downtown Durango, business is down, gratitude is up

Beau Lindborg, co-owner of Backcountry Gourmet, estimated Sunday that business at 11th Street Station was down 10% from last Sunday, which already was a slow day. Yaling Yen, owner of May Palace ,...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Slow sales force El Moro Tavern to close

Peak Food & Beverage, the parent of restaurants Steamworks Brewing Co., El Moro Tavern and Bird’s, has temporarily closed El Moro Tavern and reduced the number of employees company-wide by 93% in...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gift cards, merchandise and to-go orders: Here’s how restaurants say customers should support them

Edouardo Jordan stood in front of his 40-plus employees on Monday with a message he did not want to deliver: Two of his three restaurants are shutting down operations, while one will shift to...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Coalition forms to help restaurant workers prepare meals for those in need

Difficult times seem to bring out the best in people, and that’s proving true as Durango handles social and economic sacrifices to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The Good Food Collective , the...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Restaurant workers cope with sudden loss of income

Michelle Hill and her husband, Kelly, had just submitted their paperwork seeking to qualify for their first house, when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Now, the Hills’ plans for a home of...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, a restaurant mecca, goes into shutdown mode

Carver Brewing Co. is closing, Steamworks Brewing Co. is offering to-go foods from its sliding front windows, Zia Taqueria is allowing no more than five people at a time through its cafeteria-style...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Olde Tymer’s Cafe in Durango is getting a refresh

Olde Tymer’s Cafe is replacing old, decaying piping, and while it is closed for the work, it is freshening up its dining area and upgrading its kitchen with a reopening planned for early April....

DATE: March 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ken & Sue’s restaurant in downtown Durango is for sale

Ken & Sue’s, a mainstay on Main Avenue for 22 years, is for sale, and owners Ken and Sue Fusco are planning to retire after helping a new owner settle in at one of Durango’s most popular...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New owner of Smiley Cafe looks to build on solid foundation

The Smiley Cafe has been purchased by Grant Andrew, who will keep and enhance its commitment to gluten-free baked goods, sandwiches and salads. “The owner before us, Carrie (Hladik), did a great...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango restaurants take lead in reducing plastic use

Not surprisingly, quite a few restaurants in environmentally conscious Durango have taken an extra step or two to eliminate the use of single-use plastic items. “We’ve been actively working to...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Unique pizza operation opens in Forest Lakes subdivision

A Forest Lakes couple has found a new business model for a small restaurant. The married co-owners, Erik and Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen, do not have a storefront, servers or tables – nor do they...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-wage employees benefit from tight labor market

A booming economy is driving up wages for low-skilled and entry-level jobs across the nation. It’s true in Durango as well, and entry-level and younger workers appear to be the beneficiaries. “It’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

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