UPDATE: The Tri-County Health Department issued an order to close to the C&C Breakfast & Korean Kitchen just after 12:30 p.m. Monday, until the health department “determines the establishment is in compliance.”

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado restaurant came under just as much heavy criticism as praise on Mother’s Day due to the coronavirus outbreak. C&C Breakfast and Korean Kitchen on Trail Boss Drive in Castle Rock opened its doors to patrons to dine inside.

(credit: Nick Puckett/Colorado Community Media)

Video of the packed dining area with no social distancing from Nick Puckett of Colorado Community Media almost instantly drew national attention. It shows nearly every customer without a mask and in near proximity to each other.

“We’re getting ready to crash, just like another statistic,” Jesse Arellano, the owner told CBS4’s Makenzie O’Keefe on Sunday. “And we may still crash, we don’t know. But we figured if we’re going to crash, we’re going to go down and see how many people see stand with us.”

Jesse and his wife April decided they would open up their doors for in-house dining for Mother’s Day only. In a video posted online and shared with CBS4, April shows a packed dining room inside C&C, which stands for Cookies & Crème. She said there was a two hour wait at the restaurant as they served hundreds of customers.

“You’re slinging food, bringing dishes out and seeing people,” she said. “It was so nice to have that buzz again.”

The couple knew that opening their doors would be violating the public health order that restricts restaurants and bars from allowing in-house dining. Under a current safer-at-home order, restaurants can only offer delivery or drive-up service.

“We knew that there’s consequences,” Jesse said. “We might be fined, maybe even jail, but we’re willing to make a statement if this is going to help wake up some of the congressmen and the governor.”

Jesse said he feels keeping restaurants closed for seven weeks has destroyed small businesses. He and April have owned the restaurant for seven years and sold their house at one point to keep the business afloat.

“It makes me cry, just how many people support us,” he said. “No matter what. Even if a risk getting sick or whatever they still support us.”

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The Tri-County Health Department oversees Douglas County. It states on its website: All people in Colorado must follow the letter and the spirit of these orders. Do not try to bend the rules or find loopholes. It’s up to us all to keep people safe and build up our health care system so we can treat people who are sick and save lives.

A manager at C&C told CBS4 a lot of “patriots” supported his business, and he’s doing “what the government isn’t doing — opening.”

The couple said they’ve had to lay off most their staff, and now feel that it should be up to the business owners to decide whether or not a business can open. They added, it’s a customer’s right as well to choose whether or not they will enter the business.

“I think people want to work, they want to live. We live in danger everyday people go to war, that’s a risk,” Jesse said. “People drive every day, that’s a risk. This death rate is super low in Douglas County.”

As of Sunday night, 28 people have died in Douglas County since the COVID-19 pandemic began, ranking seventh in the state for deaths.

Chris Fuselier, the owner of Blake Street Tavern in Denver, heard the restaurant was open and went to Castle Rock to see for himself. He told CBS4 he understands the pain that businesses are going through, and many are having to close for good. However, he’s afraid opening up like this will put other restaurants in jeopardy.

“I do worry about the invitation to the general public that we’re open for business and we’re not caring about social distancing guidelines and restrictions,” Fieselier said. “I completely get what they are doing and trying to save themselves financially, I don’t agree with them on the health aspect.”

State Rep. Patrick Neville was among hundreds inside the restaurant on Sunday morning and posted a photo with April online.

State Rep. Patrick Neville was among hundreds inside the restaurant on Sunday morning and posted a photo with April on Facebook. (credit: Patrick Neville)

Tri-County Health issued a statement about the restaurant to CBS4 on Sunday: We are disappointed that Cookies and Crème has decided to ignore the governor’s safer-at-home order and open up today with no attention to social distancing. This decision runs the risk of undermining the impact that other Douglas County businesses and residents have achieved over the last seven weeks by taking various social distancing measures. As the entity charged with enforcing the governor’s statewide safer-at-home public health order, we will follow up with this restaurant to ensure that they, like other restaurants in the county, take appropriate steps to protect the public health, by limiting service to curbside and take-out service.

The Arellano’s said they have received many unhappy emails, reviews and notes since the news got out of their opening. However, they were thankful to see so much support as well.

“You can stand up and risk everything, we’re risking everything anyways as a small business,” Jesse said. “So if we’re going to crash and burn, we’re going to make our stand. Thank you to the many customers who came out to support us.”

Makenzie O'Keefe

Comments (46)
  1. Tim Backstrom says:

    Bravo, C&C!

  2. zzz says:

    Note the wording chosen by the bureaucrats: “Do not try to bend the rules or find loopholes…”

    RIGHT. Do you think the IRS would ever issue that kind of public warning to the Big Guys — Google, Facebook — in terms of finding loopholes in tax law? Of course not: the Big Guys can deconstruct tax law all they want so they pay 9%, or 2%, or 0%, in taxes on their revenue.

    But you, the little guy, will be paying 20% or 30% on your tiny little earned income; if you make up a deduction prepare to get audited.

    YOU’RE JUST A LITTLE GUY, SHUT UP AND DO AS YOU ARE TOLD, BY ANY AND EVERY BUREAUCRAT.

  3. Thomas Coyne says:

    Throughout it all remember this: 1ST AMENDMENT, U. S. CONSTITUTION, GUARANTEES THAT NO PERSON SHALL PREVENT “the right of the people to peaceably assemble.” We MUST protect our Constitutional Rights or give-in to socialist government at the federal, state and local level. GOD BLESS YOU! HANG TOUGH!

  4. Robert Mitton says:

    Since these lowest of lifeforms are quite willing to risk killing others for their own selfishness, they should be the ones to be shot on sight if out in public without a mask. There is no reason to let those selfish creatures live anymore since they are wishing death of others by their own selfish actions. I hope everyone that went to that restaurants dies from this terrible virus, but especially the owners who ought to be in jail right now. Only the fools, the worst of the uneducated, would even dare do such a thing. Let’s just get rid of those creatures.

    1. kevin shannon says:

      You are such a typical leftist. Threaten to kill people because they are not boot licking want to be cowardly slaves like you. Crawl back into your mommies closet.

    2. The1 says:

      You a tough guy on the interweb hiding in anonymity. Seditious anti liberty leftist breathing undeserving oxygen. May your life end soon.

  5. james lowson says:

    Covid is a scam.
    The tests only indicate you’ve had a cold virus in last 10 years, not specifically Wuhan-UNC Covid.
    The top 6 or 7 Covid states are all democrat, and they declare all deaths are covid so they can get $40,000 instead of $4600 for flu ventilation.
    Fauci made the virus in US, then scientists said no way, so they outsourced it and hired China with our taxes to weaponize this bat virus, which was never a problem until they went to weaponize it.
    NIH is supposed to be spending our tax money on solving our health problems, not looking for problems that never existed before and then weaponizing them.
    Arrest them all.

    1. jesseariaga says:

      so he says as he crawls out of his mom’s single wide, his member still dripping with the fluids he deposited in his mom’s nethers

  6. Robert Mitton says:

    I think this restaurant should have the State of Colorado shut it down forever and charge the owners for multiple counts of attempted murder and once those idiot customers die, the owners be charged for murder in each count. Seriously, these are the people that need extermination, both the owners and the idiot customers. Let’s hope they get what they deserve, a shortened life. We don’t need unAmericans like this ruining the nation any longer.

    1. Scott Crabtree says:

      Sounds like you would choose to stay at home Robert. Good for you. One of the benefits of living in a free country.

      1. Thomas Coyne says:

        ANOTHER BENEFIT OF LIVING IN A FREE COUNTRY IS TO EXERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS! “Live free or die:” Patrick Henry moments before the Brits killed hime. Tom Coyne

    2. TRUTH ETERNAL says:

      YOU, ARE , IGNORANT.
      TURN THAT DAMNEDTV OFF.
      DAMNED FOOL.

    3. Jack McCready says:

      I assume you’re a convicted frlon recently freed by the Democrats.

  7. BELLE says:

    Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake” I says let them all croak and people they associate with let them all croak as well…i just love those french desserts ….DONT YOU??

    1. Scott Crabtree says:

      Exercise your freedom and stay home then.

  8. John Krutko says:

    Is this restaurant going to cover medical expenses for people who contract the virus from their establishment? How about funeral expenses?

    1. jesseariaga says:

      No. They will start a gofundme, and the same idiots who give their savings to Pat Roberston and other fraduster megachurches will load it up with 500K and their cult leader will tweet about it and will put them first in line for a bailout.
      This is the game

    2. Scott Crabtree says:

      I didn’t see where they were forcing anyone to visit their restaurant, but I did see a sign that they posted stating there would be no social distancing. Use your freedom and stay home if want. It’s your right.

    3. kevin shannon says:

      Hey John. Do you not realize how stupid your comment is? Does your mommy still change your diapers? Have you not heard of individual responsibility and the liberty to take risks?

  9. Johnny Kay says:

    More and more people are waking up to the fact that the coronavirus “pandemic” is a fraud — an invisible, all-purpose enemy to which the government can attribute any dangers it wants to frighten and control us.

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous transfer of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    We are being lied to every step of the way. News reports of overworked doctors, overflowing morgues, crowded hospitals, crowded ICUs, mass graves, racing ambulances full of COVID-19 patients, and refrigerated trucks full of bodies are contradicted by numerous videos of empty hospitals, empty waiting rooms, empty “testing centers”, and parked ambulances in the alleged “epicenters” of the pandemic.

    Even in New York City at the height of the alleged pandemic, undercover reporters released videos showing New York City ERs virtually empty. No lines, nothing. That is still continuing — just recently, Project Veritas showed undercover video of a staged “testing center” in Michigan.

    The coronavirus charade is no different from previous virus panics — SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Zika — only now the people at the top think we are divided enough, stupid enough, and weak enough to submit to a massive acceleration of the ongoing transfer of power and wealth from us to them.

    There is no legitimacy to any of it. The masks, the “social distancing”, the “self-isolation”, the shutdowns, the lockdowns, the bans on assemblies and large groups — none of that is to keep us safe, but all of it is to condition us to accept mandatory vaccination, more government control, more arbitrary regimentation, and more handouts to the corporate elite.

    Too many of us still believe — despite overwhelming historical and contemporary evidence to the contrary — that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything — especially about the big things.

    Ask yourself this: Based on your own personal observations and experiences, do politicians deserve your trust? Do high-level government employees appointed by those politicians deserve your trust? Do highly-paid news celebrities — whose position and wealth depend entirely on doing what the corporations that employ them tell them to do — deserve your trust?

    1. Thomas Coyne says:

      The ONLY, repeat, ONLY reason to close, shut-down the entire nation is to make the 2020 election easier for ANYONE but Trump. This entire international effort is designed to do one thing only: Dump Trump. It has not, will not work because each one of us is brighter than Hillary, thank God. Ton Coyne

  10. jesseariaga says:

    Look. this wh0resun is just trying to make a point, like many wh0resons who go around with open carry in grocery stores to prove a point.
    Now, the other dvmbsh1ts who have crowded this place, if they go out and infect other people, then it is no longer going to be only “their rights”.

    These are not very smart people. They have already demonstrated that by eating the sh1t of a cult leader no matter how low the cult leader stoops.
    And if it turns out that they are wrong, these broke a$$ dumbsh1ts cannot be sued for damages.

    It is also very telling the demographics of the crowd. They have tried hydroxy, they have tried bleach, and they are now trying this.

    1. Thomas Coyne says:

      It is easy and totally workable: We can and should social distance AND open the economy simultaneously. No problem

  11. D John Purcell Purcell says:

    Good for them…Somebody had to make an adult decision, and other adults followed suit.

    1. jesseariaga says:

      As long as they do not encroach on other peoples’ rights by potentially infecting them. These cult followers can do what they want as long as they do not come within 6 feet of me. They believe in what they believe in, and I believe in science.
      If you think it is a hoax, fine. I don’t, so don’t fvking get near me at the grocery store to shove your beliefs on me

      1. kevin shannon says:

        Just stay safe in your mommy’s closet sucking on your government issued pacifier until it is safe to come out and suck the sour milk excreted from the governments sagging teats.

  12. Bob P says:

    Something Darwinian about all this.

    1. jesseariaga says:

      Well, if it is just these fvking cult followers that were going to gather in a hole and crawl back to their holes and, if it is not a hoax , they are going to be fine.

      Problem is, these trash will now go out in the open and, if it is not a hoax, potentially infect others and bog down the hospitals.

      They believe in their rights to think that this is a hoax, but these aholes do not seem to care about others’ rights.

      So, after they eat their 2500 calorie biscuits and gravy and roll out of the diner, are they going to go straight home, or are they going to walmart, openly carrying guns to prove a point, and get close to other people who may not have the same beliefs?

    2. Steven R Smith says:

      Yeah, I’m with you on that Bob, and I think it’s going to be Darwinian from several angles and degrees…..

  13. Pete P says:

    I say “well done” to the owners of this restaurant. People should be able to choose whether they want to go out or not. If you don’t want to go out, then don’t. The data does not support this lockdown. The news reported 28 deaths from corona virus in Douglas County. The population of Douglas County is 351,154. That is a death rate of .0000079% due to the Virus.

    1. jesseariaga says:

      Well, viruses don’t work that way, but you are not very smart to start with, so what is the point in talking with you, a cult follwer. You believe it is a hoax, that is fine. You crowd the fvking restaurant, and you go home and you stay with your sister/cousin/wife. If it is a hoax, you will not infect her.

      Do not come near me at the fvking walking trail or the grocery store. Some of us believe that this is not a hoax

  14. EDDIE CARASEL says:

    Makenzie, You are wrong. You said no one was wearing a mask . @58seconds into your vid. a lady to the lt side of the door has a mask on. Wonder how many others had a mask on?

    1. T Thornton says:

      You watched the video, didn’t you? How many others did you see?

    2. “We opened the restaurant as a social experiment. We wanted to see how many stupid people live in Douglas County. Now that we know, we’re planning to move as soon as we can!”

  15. Zoey Dent says:

    “We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance it is the illusion of knowledge.–Daniel J. Boorstin
    We have a pandemic every year — it’s the flu (&others). We don’t shut down for those. This is a reset for faux money, UBI, vaccine, & further (world-wide) guvmint control. IBM motto here (original).

    1. jesseariaga says:

      What a joke. We all know your type. “We the people”, “Our rights” this and that….and you fly the confederate flag, and wear the flag (some of you idiots are so stupid that you do not know how to honor the flag and how to wear it). You talk a lot, until you have to actually fight for your country. You fat fvks are too fat and unhealthy to serve anyway, so enough with this BS.
      ..and my personal experience has been that you fat fvks – most of you – lie about your service. Talk about stolen valor

  16. Jack McCready says:

    Good deal. Now I can get lunch after buying a gun at DCF Guns.

    1. jesseariaga says:

      After having a quickie with their cousin.

  17. Mike Muniz says:

    What Arellano is really saying is “if we’re going to crash, we’re going to go down and see how many people we can take down with us.” Every person who was there is now at risk and could potentially infect 3-5 more people daily. Selfish and short-sighted. If only stupid selfish acts resulted in individualized consequences.

    1. Raul Duke says:

      You stay home Mike, the grown ups are going back to work. It is not selfish to try and feed you family. It is selfish to require other people to give up their rights because you are scared.

      1. Charles Manning says:

        Raul–You’re the one who is wrong. YOU are the one being selfish. I have a family too like many, many others. None of us are going to starve. Obey the damn law. It’s a pandemic and your selfishness and impatience lead the way to more deaths. I’m a conservative Republican, BUT, I don’t make this political. I’m a firm believer in the rule of law. Grow up, Raul. You’re not quite an adult yet.

        1. Scott Crabtree says:

          “law”?

          Your state legislature passed a law confining people and forcing only certain businesses to close during a health event? I doubt it. You have governors that are probably trying to use a natural disaster law to enforce these rules that are being made up by one person. Not how this country works my friend.

      2. CCsmith says:

        The grown ups haven’t stopped working. Essential workers have been going to work, and professionals in offices have been working from home.

        This affects minimum wage customer service works that a teenage can do. You want to work through things like this? Get a big boy job.

    2. D John Purcell Purcell says:

      It’s simple…Don’t Go. See how easy that is.

      1. jesseariaga says:

        Don’t go? No, I ain’t going, but I do not fvking want to see you within 6 feet of my fvking space next time I go to a grocery store with a mask, you selfish knuckledragger pri1ck

      2. CCsmith says:

        It’s simple…you will go to the grocery store and infect others. That’s how disease spreads. Go back to school.

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