Mutu’s Italian Kitchen closes after 15 years in business

A longtime Durango restaurant has closed shop after its owner decided to move to Virginia for a change in scenery. “It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Rustin Newton, owner of Mutu’s Italian...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

New tipping rules will help restaurant owners and hurt workers, advocates say

Depending on who is reviewing them, America’s new tipping regulations will either help bridge the historic pay gap between servers and line cooks, as well as clarify practices that have resulted in...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Food

Southwest Colorado economic outlook: COVID-19 recovery will take years

Yes, there is economic life after a viral pandemic, but don’t expect a full recovery for several years. “Tourism was down 52% in the state in 2020. It will take three to four years to come back to...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Media mogul offers helping hand to Durango Diner

Like restaurants across the country, 2020 has been tough on Durango Diner, but the iconic Southwest Colorado breakfast cafe got some good news with the new year. Durango Diner was chosen by media...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

What does Monday’s Level Orange mean for 5-Star restaurant certifications?

On Monday, La Plata County and other Colorado counties at Level Red public health restrictions are set to enter Level Orange as Gov. Jared Polis eases regulations across the state. But restaurants...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approved for 5-Star Business Variance Program

On Christmas Eve, La Plata County businesses received an early present from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: approval for the 5-Star Certified Business Variance Program. La...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CJ’s Diner wants lawsuit thrown out, says regulations are unconstitutional

Attorneys for CJ’s Diner have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the restaurant for opening to indoor dining when it was prohibited because of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing public health...

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

First-year restaurants stick it out through pandemic

A pizza shop became a classroom. A sit-in smokehouse opened a drive-thru window. And an upscale dining establishment began offering carryout service. After spending most of their first year...

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

Economic leaders seek ways to ease business restrictions

Economic leaders in Durango are looking to piggyback on an effort that started in Mesa County that gives businesses, especially restaurants, more breathing room to operate if they follow strict...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coronavirus can travel farther and faster inside restaurants than previously thought, South Korean study suggests

Earlier this year, two diners at a South Korean restaurant were infected with novel coronavirus in a matter of minutes from a third patron who sat at least 15 feet away from them. The third patron...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

Durango gives restaurants hand up with reimbursement program

The city of Durango has launched a partial reimbursement program for restaurants and food establishments facing high third-party delivery fees. A dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases pushed La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Preliminary injunction issued against CJ’s Diner

A preliminary injunction requiring CJ’s Diner to comply with all current public health orders in place for restaurants in La Plata County, including a ban on in-person dining, was issued Wednesday....

DATE: Dec. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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