On March 20th, Governor Polis signed an executive order allowing Anise (and all liquor licensees licensed for on premises consumption) to sell alcohol for carry out, and delivery. This executive order will end on April 18th.

On March 22nd, Gov. Jared Polis ordered non-essential businesses to reduce the number of people physically present in the workplace by 50 percent, and more if possible.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued an order today, March 23rd, requiring residents to stay at home in response to the spread of the coronavirus. “This isn’t a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home,” they Mayor said. “We will enforce when and where necessary.” This order is effective at 5PM Tuesday, March 24th and will be in effect until at least April 10th. Restaurants are considered essential and are therefore EXCLUDED from this order and may continue to provide to-go, delivery, and drive-through services.

Since there are so many executive orders in such a short time, there are a lot of uncertainties and our customers have many questions. With this blog, we’d like to clear up some of those uncertainties. Please feel free to share this blog with everyone especially other restaurateurs who may benefit from this information.

First is a new CDPHE Guidance for Restaurants on offering Raw & Bulk Foods and General Consumer Goods:

In regard to the CDPHE’s Guidance to restaurants to provide Raw & Bulk foods, Anise has decided to not participate at this time, but we will continue to monitor our customer interests. If our customers express the desire for us to provide this service, then Anise may consider participating at that time. If we do participate, Anise will offer Raw & Bulk Foods along with General Consumer Goods at cost as a service to our community.

In regard to the alcohol take-out or delivery rules, as per the Colorado Restaurant Association:

  • Operators must have one of the following licenses: Beer and Wine, Brew Pubs, Club Licenses, Distillery Pubs, Hotel & Restaurant, Lodging and Entertainment, Tavern, or Vintners Restaurant
  • The order applies to all types of beer, wine, and spirits (cocktails and mixed drinks included).
  • Beverages must be in a sealed container – sealed containers include plastic cups with plastic lids, even if there is a straw hole, as long as there isn’t a straw in it
  • Restaurants can not refill growlers. Colorado’s Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) just updated its ruling and has decided that on-premises retailers may not refill and sell alcohol beverages in growlers and crowlers.
  • Sale of food must be on the same receipt or transaction
  • As always, sales to someone under 21 or someone who is visibly intoxicated are prohibited
  • For delivery orders, individuals placing the order must be 21 years of age or over, and must provide their name, date of birth, and delivery address. This information must be verified upon delivery.
  • Establishments licensed as a distillery pub or a brewery may only sell what’s made on site
  • Deliveries may only be made to the address provided at the time of the order
  • Persons making the delivery must be 21 years old or older and an employee of the licensee
  • Licensee must retain all records regarding the delivery of alcohol beverages

We are offering our house wines at $15 a bottle (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio).

If you are a restaurateur, please take sometimes to help make sure the Federal Government provides relief for restaurants and their employees here, and please fill out this form to help trigger a response from the Federal Government to open up relief funding in our state. Please email the form to John-Michael Hill with Denver’s Economic Development Office at john-michael.hill@denvergov.org. John will forward them on Colorado’s behalf. If your restaurant is still providing take-outs and deliveries, then make sure it’s listed on the Denver.org website by filling out this form.

Again, we’d like to thank all the front line COVID-19 First Responders – nurses, doctors, healthcare providers, and all those scientists who are working steadfastly toward a COVID-19 cure. We appreciate everything you do. We will beat this pandemic together.

Be safe and stay healthy!

Anise

With the COVID-19 closures, news are happening at warp speed. Anise is not a news source, but as a service to our community, we will try to summarize the COVID-19 news that matters.

As a switch, our blog now begins by thanking all the front line COVID-19 First Responders – nurses, doctors, healthcare providers, and all those who are working steadfastly toward a COVID-19 cure. This blog’s image is a tribute to the COVID-19 First Responders. Photo by: unsplash-logoLuis Melendez

Tax Filing Deadline

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin just announced that U.S. taxpayers will have 3 months extension to file their taxes (until July 15). Governor Polis followed by announcing that Colorado residents will also have until July 15 to file Colorado State income taxes. For Colorado, this extension is without any penalties or interest, and there are no caps or conditions on the tax filing amounts.

Eviction and Utilities

For the State of Colorado, the private sector will be encouraged to put a stop to all evictions and foreclosures during the time of COVID-19 crisis, and the State will not devote resources to evictions or foreclosures. The Governor also encouraged banks and other private sectors to align their policies with federal FHA deferment. The Governor has also called on public utilities to suspend disconnections in service due to missed payments, without interest or penalties.

Health Insurance

The Governor has extended the deadline for applications on the State Health Exchange to April 3rd in order to expand coverage to those that may have recently lost their health insurance coverage.

Restaurants approved for alcohol takeout and delivery

To celebrate Governor Polis allowing restaurants and bars to serve alcohol to go and through deliveries, Anise is offering our restaurant quality house wines for $15 a bottle for take-outs. The following is a list of our current house wine varieties:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Parking and Denver Department of Transportation Updates

To help with take-outs and to-go pickups, for the next 30 days, the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will suspend enforcement of the following:

  • Parking meters (All meters will be free and without time limits.)
  • Time-limited, non-metered parking areas (e.g., 30-minute, 1-hour, 2-hour, etc.)
    Residential Permit Parking areas
  • 72-hour parking limits (Residents and visitors can park their vehicles in one spot for more than 72 hours.)
  • Large vehicle parking (People can park trucks and other vehicles more than 22’ in length on the street.)
  • School bus loading zones
  • Booting
  • Denver’s street sweeping program will begin April 1; however, the city will not enforce parking restrictions related to street sweeping for 30 days. People who are able to move their cars on street sweeping day are asked to do so to allow street sweepers to reach the curb line and more effectively sweep.

Because these are developing news, we will constantly monitor different Internet sites and update this blog with links to substantiate our information as necessary.

Be safe and stay healthy! We will beat this together.

Anise

Anise Remains Open

On March 16, Governor Polis gave executive orders mandating the closure of all restaurant dine-in services for 30 days. In our last blog, we discussed Mayor Hancock given the same orders for the City of Denver, ending on May 11. Take-out, delivery, walk-up service, drive-up service, and drive-through service are still allowed. Despite having these options, many restaurants have opted to close altogether due to various reasons including financial viability.

At Anise, we are committed to stay open for take-outs and Anise curbside pickups. To make sure everyone is safe and healthy in the current pandemic, we have taken safety measures as recommended by the Colorado Restaurant Association and elevated them to an even higher level.

  1. Following Public Health Notice recommendation, we will only allow 5 members of the public in Anise at any given time
  2. To limit the amount of time our customers spend awaiting at Anise, we recommend that orders be placed ahead of time over the phone
  3. Different groups of customers waiting for their take-out orders at Anise will be spaced 6 feet apart

As is always, please keep in mind that Anise takes great pride in maintaining a clean and safe environment for all our customers. Anise already follows the strictest food safety standards, but we have taken this COVID-19 pandemic seriously since the start and have brought cleaning and sanitizing to an even higher level. We are now constantly sanitizing and wiping down all commonly used items like door knobs/handles, menus, bill clips, tables, chairs, etc.

Finally, we cannot end our blog without thanking all the front line COVID-19 First Responders – nurses, doctors, healthcare providers, and all those who are working steadfastly toward a COVID-19 cure. We appreciate everything you do. We will beat this pandemic together.

Be safe and stay healthy!

Anise

Anise COVID-19

Dear Anise Customers,

This morning, Mayor Michael Hancock just ordered for all restaurants and bars in Denver to close for 8 weeks, through May 11. Restaurants can still offer delivery, curb-side pick-up, and drive-thru. These closures will take effect at 8AM tomorrow morning, March 17.

As a service to our community, Anise is committed to continue with take-out and pick-up orders. In addition, Anise will provide Anise curb-side services. What that means is if you call in your orders and pay with credit cards over the phone, Anise will deliver your food to your cars parked along Anise curbside. Please make sure to let us know that you’d like Anise curbside service when you place your order and call us on the phone when you arrive.

As is always, please keep in mind that Anise takes great pride in maintaining a clean and safe environment for all our customers. Anise already follows the strictest food safety standards, but we have taken this COVID-19 pandemic seriously since the start and have brought cleaning and sanitizing to an even higher level. We are now constantly sanitizing and wiping down all commonly used items like door knobs/handles, menus, bill clips, tables, chairs, etc.

Tonight we will be opened for business as usual. This is the last night we are opened before we have to close until May. Anise has started and will practice 6′ social distancing. That means every group of diners will be seated 6′ away from another group. This is for your safety and the safety of others.

A shout out to all the front line COVID-19 First Responders – nurses, doctors, and healthcare providers. We thank you for what you do. We will beat this pandemic together.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Anise

Anise would like to introduce Photini, on the left, and Phojito, on the right.
The Photini is a perfect blend of VSOP Cognac and 12yr old Scotch accented with pho spice liqueurs. It is the most sophisticated of all drinks.
The Phojito, on the other hand, is probably the most refreshing drink ever created. We start with 18yrs rum then add fresh limes, muddled mint leaves, and pho spice liqueurs.
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On this International Women’s Day, Anise would like to salute all women and growing girls to aspire to be the best that you can be. At Anise, we’d like to salute one of those women, our Owner and Executive Chef, Quyen Trinh. Happy International Women’s Day! #BeTheBestThatYouCanBe #InternationalWomenSDay #Anise #GoldenTriangle
Meet Quyen Trinh, Anise’s Executive Chef. Culinary trained at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado, Quyen is the creative mind behind Anise’s nearly perfect 5 star ratings as per all the foody social media sites. When Quyen is not busy in the kitchen, she can be seen FOH greeting guests and sharing with them her passion for Anise. #Anise #Vietnamese #ExecutiveChef

Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette) made its debut in Vietnam around 1830s; and just like Pho, it went through many changes due to wars, migrations, and different cultural tastes. Banh Mi continues to morph itself since its introduction to the Western culinary scene since 1975 after the Vietnam War. In America, if there’s another Vietnamese dish that stands on its own next to the mighty popularity of Pho, it has to be Banh Mi.

Banh Mi is a combination of 2 Vietnamese words – banh and mi. The Vietnamese uses “banh” for pretty much anything that’s made from the Polysaccharides form of Carbohydrates that provide the starches and fiber in your diet. For example, “pho noodle” is called “banh pho” in Vietnamese. “Mi” is the Vietnamese word for wheat.

In America, Banh Mi is synonymous for a delicious Vietnamese sandwich/hoagie/sub that starts with a baguette and filled with scrumptious goodies and fresh vegetables.

At Anise, our delicious Banh Mi can be enjoyed with pork, beef, chicken, vegan tofu, or a special combination of the best Vietnamese hams. All are filled with our freshest vegetables and pickled carrots and daikons.

Bánh Căn – Vietnamese Rice Cakes

What can you get for $6 now a day? Not a whole lot but go to Anise during Happy Hour and that $6 can get you a lot of yummy in my tummy appetizers and refreshments. Every weekday from 4-6PM, Anise features a Happy Hour menu with $6 appetizers, $6 Chardonnay or Cabernet, $6 for 2 beers, and $6 for a double shot of wells drink. #HappyHour #Beer #Wine #Appetizer #Anise