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|
|1016||Constitution Rd||China Moon|
|102||Santa Fe Ave. S.||Carls Jr|
|103||Central Plaza||Downtown Bar|
|108||3rd St. W||Shamrock|
|109||Central Plaza||Be Happy Bistro|
|1107||Prairie Ave. S||Red's Alibi|
|117||Main St. N.||1st & Main Bar and Grill|
|118||7th St. W||Prime Time Sports Bar|
|120||Riverwalk Pl||Brues Ale House|
|1204||Bonforte Blvd.||Los Carnales|
|1227||Routt Ave E.||Cucas Restaurant|
|1227||Prairie Ave. S||Big Daddy's Sunset Bowl|
|123||Main St. N.||Dee Tacko|
|1230||Bonforte Blvd.||Little Ceasar's Pizza|
|1319||Evans Ave E||Jorge's Restaurant|
|1235||Evans Ave E||Jorge's Restaurant|
|1435||Evans Ave E||El Nopal|
|1500||4th St. W||Starbucks|
|1614||Northern Ave W.||Collette's|
|1638||US Hwy 50 W||East Coast Pizza|
|1644||Prairie Ave. S||Kentucky Fried Chicken|
|1717||Pueblo Blvd. S||Taco Bell|
|1729||Prairie Ave. S||Case De Burritos|
|1745||Pueblo Blvd. S||Grahams Grill|
|1759||Pueblo Blvd. S||Carls Jr|
|1761||Pueblo Blvd. S||Pizza Ranch|
|1867||Pueblo Blvd. S||Pueblo Dragon|
|1875||Pueblo Blvd. S||Starbucks|
|2039||Columbia Dr.||Tony and Joes Pizza|
|2042||Evans Ave E||El Charro|
|2149||Jerry Murphy Rd||Grahams Grill|
|215||Northern Ave E.||Taco's Navarro|
|219||Grand Ave S.||The Senate|
|226||Main St. N.||Solar Roast Coffee|
|227||Santa Fe Ave N.||Smitty's Green Light Tavern|
|2290||Rawlings Blvd.||Tacos Lobos|
|231||Abriendo Ave E||Subway|
|2430||Lake Ave||Club Ice|
|2907||Graneros Ln||Spirit of the Rockies|
|300||Spring St.||Star Bar|
|3215||Lake Ave||Southern Colorado Gaming|
|3230||Elizabeth St. N||Chipotle|
|3306||Elizabeth St. N||Red Lobster|
|3333||Elizabeth St. N||Taco Bell|
|3400||Elizabeth St. N||Golden Corral|
|3416||Northern Ave. W||Pass Key|
|4001||Northern Ave. W||Applebees|
|409||Santa Fe Ave. N||Nachos|
|414||Northern Ave W.||Sena's Buffalo Bar|
|515||4th St. W||Gray's Coors Tavern|
|515||Northern Ave W.||Iannes Pizza|
|5600||Elizabeth St. N||Chili's|
|602||4th St. E||Vasquez Taco Shop|
|703||Santa Fe Ave N.||Taco Bell|
|711||US Hwy 50 W||McDonalds|
|717||Main St. N.||Twin Elks Bar|
|912||Abriendo Ave E||Zoelsmann's Bakery|
|915||US Hwy 50 W||Carl’s Jr|