The owners of C&C Breakfast and Korean Kitchen near Denver continued welcoming dine-in customers despite an order to shut down and suspension of the eatery's business license by the local health department after the place opened for dine-in service on Mother's Day.
Jesse and April Arellano's decision to open their dining room Sunday violated Gov. Jared Polis' order that restaurants in most of the state provide take-out service only. The restaurant reportedly drew nearly double its normal Mother's Day crowd and did not enforce social distancing of six feet between people. Video footage from inside the restaurant on Sunday appeared to show business as normal, with patrons standing close together and most not wearing masks.
Jesse Arellano told a local TV news station Monday that he knew violating the order would have consequences.
"We might be fined, maybe even jail," he said, "but we're willing to make a statement if this is going to help wake up some of the congressmen and the governor."
He also said the restaurant was "getting ready to crash, just like another statistic."
"And we may still crash," Arellano said, "We don't know. But we figured if we're going to crash, we're going to go down and see how many people stand with us."
Arellano said it was a matter of liberty.
"People need to stand up for their freedom," he said.