We just wrapped up an amazing two days focusing on the key ingredients to success at the Colorado Restaurant Show. A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who attended, exhibited, led breakout sessions, sponsored, or volunteered. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s positive energy!
Brown-Forman and Breakthru Beverage Colorado have partnered with the Responsible Retailing Forum (RRForum), a national research-based non-profit organization, to bring a free Mystery Customer program to on-premise licensees in downtown Denver, CO. This Responsible Retailing Initiative (“RRI”) will provide restaurant owners and/or your managers with confidential and detailed feedback on staff age-verification, conduct and courteousness of your staffers, and is supported by the Colorado Restaurant Association, Mile High Chapter. Watch for a letter coming from Breakthru Beverage Colorado to explain more about this program.
There have been numerous new laws that have recently (or are about to) take place that directly affect you. If you have questions about any of these laws, don't hesitate to contact the CRA Office.
New I-9 FORM – Are you using the latest update to the I-9 Form? As of September 18, 2017, all employers must use the updated Form I-9 with the revision date 07/17/17 N. READ MORE
New CO2 Regulations in Denver – New requirements on CO2 systems go into effect January 1st in Denver. This applies to systems with more than 100 pounds of CO2, or any system using any amount of Carbon Dioxide below grade. Are you compliant? READ MORE
Gender Neutral Bathroom Signage in Denver – Eateries and other establishments have until April 30, 2018, to change their restroom signs to remove references to gender and ensure there are locks on the exterior restroom door (again, only for single-occupant, family, and accessible restrooms – not bathrooms that contain multiple stalls). READ MORE
Minimum Wage goes up Statewide in January – As of January 1, 2018, Minimum wage will be $10.20/hr. and Tipped Wage will be $7.18/hr. To see the future schedule of minimum wage increases, READ MORE
New Tip Rules in Colorado – Reminder, for employers paying the full minimum wage or more (and not the tipped wage) the employer can decide how tips are distributed. This means you as the employer can now share them with the back of house or managers, or even keep some of the tips. READ MORE
Effects of the Boulder Sugary Beverage Tax – Restaurants in Boulder are now seeing the effects of the Tax on Sugary Beverages that was passed last November. We are collecting first-hand accounts of its impacts on restaurants to provide city council in preparation for their one-year review of the measure. Whether you love it or hate it, please email Nick Hoover in our office to share your story. firstname.lastname@example.org