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Shutdown Castle Rock restaurant can’t open Colorado Springs location

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The owners of C&C Coffee Kitchen won't be able to open their location in Colorado Springs after receiving an order to temporarily shut down from the Tri-County Public Health Department Monday for skirting a state public health order.

C&C had opened its Castle Rock dining room to massive crowds on Sunday and advertised that it would stay open despite the public health order to close all dining rooms in the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Jared Polis, in response, said that their license would be pulled.

The restaurant also has a location in north Colorado Springs, prompting people to ask if they would head south to reopen their dining room, similar to another El Paso County restaurant that is openly defying the public health order.

However, the owners of C&C told KRDO that their tax license was suspended, meaning they can't conduct any business at any of their locations until it's reinstated.

The owners tell us they believe they're being unfairly targeted because of the media attention that C&C received. Another restaurant, Karen's Kafe in Calhan, has been open despite a cease-and-desist order, but their license hasn't been suspended.

C&C Coffee and Kitchen said it's considering filing a lawsuit against Gov. Jared Polis.

"What they are doing is standing up for all small businesses who need to be open and thriving," Robert Taylor said.

Taylor, who lives in Colorado Springs, is traveling to support restaurants that open their dining rooms.

"When large chain stores are making tons of money because their competition the smaller stores that might sell the same item is closed down, we need to open that engine back going," Taylor said. "And it's up to us as Americans, as patriots, to stand on our god-given rights to have a free economy."

But C&C Coffee and Kitchen received a $5,000 COVID-19 related grant from the Town of Castle Rock in April. A Gofundme account was also created to support C&C. It's raised more than $17,000 in less than a day.

Despite numerous attempts to get answers as to why similar action hasn't been taken against two Calhan restaurants with open dining rooms, KRDO has not received an answer from the state.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment responded to a request for comment saying that counties typically lead on enforcement action, however "if the state chooses to also take action, that doesn't preclude the county from doing so."

"Typically the state will get involved when there has been no county action to suspend/close a violating facility -- or when there are willful, flagrant
violations," said Ian Kahn with CDPHE.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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24 Comments

  1. Riddle me this Reality Check! How can you walk by so many people in a Home Depot or Lowe’s and one has no concerns, but when you enter a sit down restaurant at a cleaned table the virus is more deadly? Please tell me how walking by 30-40 people is ok, but walking by a table of 3 is more dangerous. Not to mention everything you touch in the store! I hope you are staying home my friend.

    1. Folks in Home Depot are wearing masks, avoiding one another like the plague (from the 3 times I went in Lowe’s), and stand 6 feet apart at the check out line where Lowe’s has spots marked on the floor for you to stand 6 feet apart.
      .
      As for the virus being more deadly at a cleaned table (LOLLL ya have you never been to a restaurant?), it isn’t more deadly. It is more likely to spread since everyone is packed into the place like sardines. I can’t believe you even have to ask this quesiton.

      1. Not my experience at the Lowes in Fountain or the one on North Nevada. Both were full of people and I’d say less than 20% were wearing masks.

    2. And no one wears masks while eating. Although I expect the likes of your wouldn’t wear a mask anyway because, Like President Trump, you think you’re superior and the virus would never infect you.
      .
      And yes, I’m staying at home to avoid the likes of you…

    3. You should be witness to what’s happening at a Colorado Springs Behavioral Health Hospital. Homeless people are being admitted without any testing. Placed on unit with up to 24 patients eating elbow to elbow. Without the ability to Social Distance or any PPE’s being provided.

    4. If that is something you need explained to you, may I suggest you go eat in one of those fine, clean establishments!
      You would be doing the entire world a favor!

    1. They’re probably not gonna mess with the Calhan clown. There’s nobody out there so there won’t be a spike or hot spot or anything like that. They’re a bunch of leathery ranchers who will get sick and a handful of them will have to be driven to the hospital. it probably isn’t worth the effort to shut them down. Castle Rock on the other hand is an entirely different ball game.

      1. I know, right? Those stupid people that make their own life choices and don’t trust the government without question! We just need to go full Communist so we can forcefully lock those people in their homes and put an end to this sedition! That’ll show that we’re way serious about controlling this virus!

        1. Odds are they’ll be fine. Most people will be fine. We only shut down because we’re not utilitarian people. We care for everyone. Being shut down and on lock down is part of your responsibility as a US citizen. It’s unfortunate but true.

          1. You have NO responsibility as a US citizen to shut down. You walk a fine line very close to……
            “It is your patriotic duty to listen and obey the supreme govt Comrade” -Stalin

      2. You have no idea what you are talking about. You should inform yourself before you speak so that you don’t sound ignorant.

  2. Bureaucrat’s have to approve whether a business can open? Isn’t that how things Ran in the user in the 1960s?

    1. Every legitimate business here has to be approved, and it’s been that way for many decades.

      1. The king meant the sign on the door, the Russian bear was was a real bear in the 60s, but thanks friend, the king See’s you

  3. Did you catch it?
    “However, the owners of C&C told KRDO that their tax license was suspended”
    So the health department didn’t shut them down. The police didn’t shut them down. The only thing they could do is suspend their tax license. TAX License!
    This shows how hollow the threats from the Health department are. They don’t have regulations that they can cite to shut them down. HA!

    1. You really think this is funny? Because its not.
      It has worked in other countries (free democratic ones at that), but of course its a problem here. Ridiculous.
      Look beyond your personal little bubble and think about the people around you.
      Its not an assault on your liberties, or any constitution. Nor is it over-hyped or a hoax.
      This a public health measure meant to keep us ALL safe. The sooner we deal with it, the sooner you get to go blow money at your favorite diner.
      People that are defying orders are just going to prolong things and make things worse before they have a chance to get better.

      1. Wow, put away you red cape you social justice warrior. You should stay home until the government finds a cure, not a vaccine, but a cure in 2021. People are tired of being scared. Some of you, that’s where you live day to day.

      2. I have had it. Its not funny. I am better and so is my community. As a pillar in my community I stay in touch with all my neighbors, 90% of them have had it also in some degree. I do care but the over hyped fear mongering instilling fear that is not valid is whats wrong.
        My grandmother passed away from Flu-A. No one talks about the thousands of deaths each year by our normal flu.
        Once wide spread testing is established. You will be surprised how many people have already had it and didnt know it or is was so mild.
        Right now my firm belief is the ignorant solution is worse than the disease itself. I know people who can’t work and it’s destroying their lives. One neighbor said it would be better if they have died VS watching what they have slaved for years go away because of a knee jerk reaction and people thinking this is a end world event and acting as such.

  4. Heir Polis has exceeded his authority as Govoner, but who is surprised? Dictatoring, suspending and threatening, all because of a virus that has mortality rate of .005% in Colorado.

  5. Great! I don’t want them in CO spgs. You are Not the only ones suffering financially !! You HAD TO HAVE THE PUBLICITY and now you pay !! What about the lost lives ? We recently lost a family member that did adhere to regulations and lost his life ! NO ONE WAS SOCIAL DISTANCING in that diner, they were PACKED in there. Will you feel any responsibility if someone gets sick ?? What about the lost ones ???

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