Colorado’s restaurants have faced some tough times recently. Labor shortages and seating restrictions during the pandemic led the governor to issue an executive order allowing restaurants to include a drink with carryout and delivery orders. The legislature recently extended this for three years. Coloradans, in turn, have come together to support their neighborhood restaurants.
Colorado restaurants—still dealing with staffing and food shortages on top of inflation—could use a way to make a little more money to keep their doors open and employees on the job.
Unfortunately, less than 10% of Colorado’s 5,000 restaurants can make use of the delivery since Colorado law requires that alcohol deliveries are made by a spare employee driving a restaurant-owned or personal vehicle. Few restaurants have either of these.
That is why restaurants use third-party delivery in the first place, just to deliver food. Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats and others have paved the way for thousands of small, family-owned restaurants in Colorado to better serve their neighborhood customers by delivering to a customer’s doorstep.
Allowing a restaurant to include a bottle of wine or a drink with food delivery would go a long way in helping restaurants regain some of their substantial losses from the pandemic.
Join the growing list of Colorado restaurants in the effort to pass Prop 126.