April Arellano Wiki – Biography
April Arellano is the owner of Colorado restaurant C&C Coffee & Kitchen. She made headlines for reopening her business, C&C Coffee & Kitchen, for dine-in service in defiance of a statewide order. Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, ordered restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses to close except for takeout and delivery in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
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C&C Coffee & Kitchen
April and husband Jesse Arellano moved to Castle Rock, Colorado, in 2013, according to the C&C Coffee and Kitchen website. They originally planned to use a trailer to open a mobile coffee shop but changed the gameplan after finding the building on Trail Boss Drive in Castle Rock.
C&C Coffee and Kitchen has since expanded to include a breakfast menu and Korean fusion items. A second location opened in Colorado Springs in 2019.
But the Arellanos could face severe consequences for choosing to reopen dine-in service early. According to the Safer-at-Home order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health, the punishment could include fines or even jail time. That portion of the order reads:
This Order will be enforced by all appropriate legal means. Local authorities are encouraged to
determine the best course of action to encourage maximum compliance. Failure to comply with
this order could result in penalties, including jail time, and fines, and may also be subject to
discipline on a professional license based upon the applicable practice act.
Health officials contacted the Arellanos two days before the reopening and told them not to go through with it, the couple told KDVR-TV. But no state officials showed up at the restaurant on Mother’s Day to enforce that request. In an email to the Arellanos, Heavy asked whether they had heard from any state officials or been threatened with a fine. We have not heard back.
C&C Coffee & Kitchen Reopening
On May 9, the day before the reopening, the Arellos posted a message to the restaurant’s Twitter handle. The post tagged President Donald Trump and read, We are standing for America, small businesses, the Constitution, and against the overreach of our governor in Colorado!! It included several flag emojis and a link to a Facebook page that has since been deleted.
C&C had a sign on the door that read Attention! Our freedom doesn’t end where your fear begins. If you are scared, stay at home! If you are afraid to be within 6 ft. of another person, do not enter this business! God bless America. Land of the ‘free’ and home of the brave. Video shared by CBS Denver also shows a sign that references the Declaration of Independence and attempts by leaders such as Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini to take America’s freedoms away.
Jesse Arellano told KDVR, It’s a choice. If they don’t want to come out, don’t come out. That’s what we’re fighting for is freedom. This is America. If we don’t want to wear a mask, we don’t want to wear a mask. We want to wear a mask, we want to wear a mask.
C&C Coffee and Kitchen on Mother’s Day
Hundred of people packed C&C Coffee and Kitchen on Mother’s Day, Arellano told local news outlets. She shared a video to Facebook to show off the large crowd, explaining that there was a line out the door and that the patio was packed, as well. Arellano told the audience, “So much for some of those people saying nobody would show up.”
Arellano has since made her Facebook posts private. The only post currently visible on her personal page is an image of the American flag in front of C&C. But CBS Denver archived the video and it can be seen here.
Arellano told Colorado Community Media she had no choice but to reopen. She said that after more than two weeks without dine-in service, “We were failing. We had to do something.” She added she was not concerned about possibly spreading the coronavirus. “We in the service industry have been taking precautions for years. We wash and sanitize everything anyway… People are piling into (retailers). So right now, I don’t really see the difference.”
In an interview with CBS Denver, Arellano and her husband Jesse said they felt small businesses should have the option to reopen because, as Jesse put it, “we live with danger every day.”