Arcana Restaurant + the immense challenges facing Boulder small businesses

Podcast: Insight into how COVID-19 is decimating Boulder small businesses + some potential help on the way

By Paul Hagey Mar 19 2020

On Tuesday this week, Arcana Restaurant implemented pay-what-you-can takeout service with 100 percent of revenues going to its approximately 35 furloughed hourly staff members including those at sister restaurant Jungle. Some of these workers will apply for job-attached unemployment, others may just move on. A core team of seven staff operate the service.

Elliott Toan

This reflects the deep impact the coronavirus is having on local small businesses, especially retail, restaurants and services who rely on daily cash flow to cover expenses.

We spoke with Arcana co-owner Elliott Toan about the program and the big challenges his and many Boulder small businesses now face.

The City of Boulder is currently evaluating tax and fee deferments or abatements for small business owners, and county, state and federal entities are working on programs, but no word yet on any relief.

Arcana’s offering food for pickup everyday from 4 to 7 p.m. You can see its menu here and order from 303.444.3885. BLDRfly has created a full list of Boulder small businesses open and offering food, drinks + services on a to-go, delivery or virtual basis. Access it below.

Ultimate Boulder small business COVID-19 open list

Header image: Arcana staff. Source: Arcana

Correction: This story has been updated to correct that 100 percent of Arcana’s pay-what-you-can service revenue goes to its furloughed hourly employees, not its core staff.

Paul Hagey

Paul Hagey is BLDRfly’s founder and editor. When not wrangling video, audio and words in the name of story, he’s riding his mountain bike, trail running and hanging with his awesome wife Jen and their young daughter.