Under Level Clear, New Do Brazil Restaurant Flavor Goes To Full Capacity For The First Time – CBS Denver
AURORA, Colorado (CBS4) – It’s a whole new day for Colorado; COVID restrictions that have been in place for 14 months have disappeared for most of the Front Range. Six counties in Colorado, including Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe, rose to the clear level on Sunday. This means that companies can now use their capacity 100% without social distancing.
“Oh yes, today was very busy,” said Thiago Avona, owner of Aroma Do Brazil.
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It’s the opposite of what it was for him when he started last year in March.
“So we had our last visit with the health department at 11:30 am, noon that day, and at 3 pm the government shut down,” remembers Marcia Avona, co-owner.
Thiago and his wife, Marcia, had dreamed of opening a restaurant after running a food truck for several years.
“Because the fridge was too hot, or the weather was too hot or too cold, it was complicated, we have a lot of cancellations,” Marcia explained.
Their hope has been dashed by COVID-19.
“And we looked at each other and said, ‘What are we doing now? Marcia asked.
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This is also what many companies were wondering. The Avonas actually had to run their food truck in front of their Aurora business at the start of the shutdown to keep running.
“I put it on our media, Instagram, Facebook, Aroma Brazilian Cuisine, it’s in this post, and people just call me ‘What is Iliff and Havana?’ So worried because we had to put everything on hold, our cars, our mortgage and we just kept the restaurant lease, ”Marcia told CBS4.
The restaurant then opened at 25%, then gradually the capacity restrictions eased. The Avonas have also added a delivery service.
“Door Dash, Uber eats, that helped us a lot at the start,” added Thiago Avona.
Eventually, Aroma Do Brazil hit full capacity as Arapahoe County entered a tie.
“It’s clear, but with just a few rules,” Thiago said.
The change is now a taste of pre-pandemic life, and a breath of relief. In a way …
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“Today I took no break,” he recalls.