Shock, fear, and panic — All these feelings raced through my mind when I heard the news that restaurants were no longer allowed to provide dine-in experiences to patrons in my state (Colorado). The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is scary and unfamiliar enough, and now on top of it all, my family had to start thinking about how our business was going to survive.
My family’s restaurant/brewery, A.K.A. Kitchen, started less than two years ago as a passion project for my brother. As someone who has studied under critically acclaimed chefs such as Richard Blais of Top Chef, he had a life-long dream of owning his own restaurant. So our family rallied around his dream and made it our dream.