PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – The City of Pueblo has temporarily suspended a Broadway Tavern & Grill liquor license for three days for not complying with the COVID-19 rules.
Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar said the Broadway Tavern & Grill may remain open for food, but alcohol is not allowed until Monday, November 2.
The City used federal CARES Act money to hire a COVID-19 Education and Compliance team. The group visited more than 500 restaurants and bars in Pueblo looking for COVID-19 violations. These include violations surrounding mask enforcement, disinfection and contact tracking logs.
The City reported more than 100 businesses were in violation of COVID-19. The City sent letters to a small number of repeat offenders.
On October 9, 10 restaurants and bars received mail. These include:
- 7order St.
- Aloha Gloria
- The saddle is made of brass
- Broadway Pub
- Gus’s pub
- Star Bar
On October 27, two other businesses received letters:
- The Cosmopolitan Club
- Pinelle’s Bowlero lane
But the only business where the breach didn’t improve was the Broadway Tavern & Grill.
“They’re not the only ones whose alcohol business license gets suspended,” Gradisar said. “They are probably the only ones who have allowed it to be suspended in this summary fashion via COVID in Pueblo City.”
The mayor’s 10pm curfew goes into effect on Friday. Several restaurants and bars criticized the move, saying it was only aimed at them. But Gradisar declares that the curfew and COVID-19 compliance group are really meant to save what’s left of local businesses.
“The attempt I made yesterday to impose this curfew was designed to prevent them from having to shut down,” Gradisar said. “Because our numbers are so close to the home stay order, if an order is issued, it will require all essential businesses to close.”
KRDO’s call to Broadway Tavern & Grill went unanswered.