Colorado’s Energy Industry Fuels Restaurants During Pandemic

Winter Outdoor Dining Will Rely on Natural Gas

DENVER – It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in Colorado. Snow is back in the forecast. When the mercury drops, we need to be sure that business doesn’t drop off at Colorado restaurants. 

This summer, Colorado restaurant reopening guidelines included options for expanded outdoor seating in order to follow social distancing guidelines. While many opened back up at decreased indoor capacities, outdoor seating was a major customer draw. 

On October 13, Governor Polis said that “economic health is inherently tied to our public health,” linking thriving restaurants to increased consumer confidence and a stronger agriculture industry. “We want Colorado’s restaurant industry to bounce back, to be resilient.” 

Many agree that economic growth and public safety during this pandemic can co-exist. Coloradans are learning how to stay safe without having to shut the state down. 

“Local restaurants are an integral part of our local economies, both urban and rural,” said Laurie Cipriano, Spokesperson for Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development. “Outdoor dining during winter months can keep our economy going. Natural gas fuels propane heaters to keep customers warm while sitting outside, while food is cooked inside on natural gas stovetops. And hopefully, more menus will include offerings from Colorado farms.”

Yes, 2020 is an odd year, even though it’s technically an even year. In any year, we all benefit from supporting local industries – and natural gas is an important component of Colorado’s economic future and economic recovery. 

“Colorado’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions rely on natural gas, a leading driver of CO2 emission reduction,” Cipriano said. “Colorado’s energy industry will play a key role in helping Colorado meet its goals without sacrificing energy reliability.” 

Domestic production of affordable, reliable energy to power our economy is more critical than ever for America to thrive and remain energy independent. Let’s all do our part and support Colorado businesses. 

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization governed by a board of directors and counseled by an Advisory Committee comprised of former elected officials, community, civic leaders, and non-energy industry representatives, such as farmers, ranchers, and educators, who have a strong commitment to the state of Colorado and its local communities. CRED was created to provide information to the public about the economic and environmental benefits of safe and responsible oil and natural gas development. Learn more about Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development at

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.