Pueblo lists restaurants going above and beyond to stay COVID safe

It named 61 restaurants to its 'All Stars' list
Pueblo All Stars Restaurant List
Posted at 9:26 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 08:54:45-04

PUEBLO — The City of Pueblo is giving recognition to restaurants it says are going above and beyond to stay clean, and help keep everyone safe right now.

The city named 61 restaurants to its 'Business Safety All Stars List,' which highlights restaurants that have faced zero COVID-19 violations.

If you take one step inside Nacho's Mexican Restaurant, you'll know things are different

Manager Renee Cortez is prepared with questions, asking customers for their names and phone numbers in the event contact tracers need to reach them. She also offers them hand sanitizer and instructs them on when they're allowed to remove their masks before seating them at least 6 feet away from any other customers.

There is a point to all this.

"So our customers can come in and feel safe. So my staff is safe," Cortez said.

And it's paid off. The measures have earned her restaurant a spot on the list since August.

"We just keep doing what we have to do to keep our staff safe and our customers safe," she said.

Across downtown at Papa Jose's, they also made the original list back in August.

"We're still getting by, we have very good customers," Owner Michael Pacheco said. "We've always worked pretty hard to keep the place pretty clean."

They've made sure no customers have to be turned away if they forgot to wear a mask.

"When the COVID thing first came out, nobody had masks, so my wife and my sister started making them," he said.

Back over at Nacho's they're keeping track of everyone.

"For our staff, we take their temperatures as they come in," Cortez said. "Any vendors, we take their temperature and their name."

Sure, it's a lot of work. But it's worth it.

"I think we have a safe environment for people to come in and enjoy time with family and I think that's important... that you can still go out to dinner and yet feel safe," she said.

The list is updated each month as health inspectors continue to follow up with businesses. Nacho's has made the list every month since August. Papa Jose's did not make October's list, which you can read below.

City of Pueblo October 2020 COVID-19 Safety All-Stars

Bars and Restaurants with no violations after follow-up inspections
1016Constitution RdChina Moon
102Santa Fe Ave. S.Carls Jr
103Central PlazaDowntown Bar
1083rd St. WShamrock
109Central PlazaBe Happy Bistro
1107Prairie Ave. SRed's Alibi
117Main St. N.1st & Main Bar and Grill
1187th St. WPrime Time Sports Bar
120Riverwalk PlBrues Ale House
1204Bonforte Blvd.Los Carnales
1227Routt Ave E.Cucas Restaurant
1227Prairie Ave. SBig Daddy's Sunset Bowl
123Main St. N.Dee Tacko
1230Bonforte Blvd.Little Ceasar's Pizza
1319Evans Ave EJorge's Restaurant
1235Evans Ave EJorge's Restaurant
1435Evans Ave EEl Nopal
15004th St. WStarbucks
1614Northern Ave W.Collette's
1638US Hwy 50 WEast Coast Pizza
1644Prairie Ave. SKentucky Fried Chicken
1717Pueblo Blvd. STaco Bell
1729Prairie Ave. SCase De Burritos
1745Pueblo Blvd. SGrahams Grill
1759Pueblo Blvd. SCarls Jr
1761Pueblo Blvd. SPizza Ranch
1867Pueblo Blvd. SPueblo Dragon
1875Pueblo Blvd. SStarbucks
2039Columbia Dr.Tony and Joes Pizza
2042Evans Ave EEl Charro
2149Jerry Murphy RdGrahams Grill
215Northern Ave E.Taco's Navarro
219Grand Ave S.The Senate
226Main St. N.Solar Roast Coffee
227Santa Fe Ave N.Smitty's Green Light Tavern
2270Rawlings Blvd.Thunderzone
2290Rawlings Blvd.Tacos Lobos
231Abriendo Ave ESubway
2430Lake AveClub Ice
2907Graneros LnSpirit of the Rockies
300Spring St.Star Bar
3215Lake AveSouthern Colorado Gaming
3230Elizabeth St. NChipotle
3306Elizabeth St. NRed Lobster
3333Elizabeth St. NTaco Bell
3400Elizabeth St. NGolden Corral
3416Northern Ave. WPass Key
4001Northern Ave. WApplebees
409Santa Fe Ave. NNachos
414Northern Ave W.Sena's Buffalo Bar
5154th St. WGray's Coors Tavern
515Northern Ave W.Iannes Pizza
5600Elizabeth St. NChili's
6024th St. EVasquez Taco Shop
700Eagleridge BlvdStarbucks
703Santa Fe Ave N.Taco Bell
704Elmhurst PlEagles
711US Hwy 50 WMcDonalds
717Main St. N.Twin Elks Bar
912Abriendo Ave EZoelsmann's Bakery
915US Hwy 50 WCarl’s Jr