Work continues for Rosenberg’s Bagels Boulder location — something the other two locations in Five Points and the Stanley Marketplace were unable to fully do following a COVID-19 outbreak among workers.
Rosenberg’s Boulder location reopened Tuesday for takeout and delivery only. It’s something the other two stores may need to do when they reopen – whenever they do.
“It’s really going to be a day-to-day business where if we have three calls, we might have to close the dining room or we might just have to go to takeout. Or we might have to change our menus,” said Joshua Pollack, the owner of Bridge and Tunnel Restaurant Group.
Denver7 was unable to speak to Pollack in person as he also recently tested positive for COVID-19 along with his team. BusinessDen first reported about how the COVID outbreaks threatened the company.
“It ran through all my management staff. It’s hard to run a restaurant without, you know, a line cook that you really need or a baker. But it’s almost impossible to do without a manager and someone to help you.” role,” Pollack said.
Staff shortages are just one of the challenges his company faces.
“We need government help with testing and personal protective equipment. We need government help with finances. And really, what we need from the general public is a little bit of understanding and compassion,” Pollack said.
Pollack says the test backlog is making it harder for workers to return quickly and the requirement to pay for 48 hours of sick leave this year is also putting a strain on the company.
“I’m a big fan of Jared Polis and that’s why I understand why this action was created: to give people sick leave. But I don’t think he really considered that it could happen for a company all at once . with a closure,” Pollack said.
Regulars say it would be a shame to see the popular bagel shop close.
“If they have to continue like this, I think it would be good for the neighborhood if people just keep coming and supporting them,” said Jeff Sloan.
Despite the challenges, Pollack has no plans to close locations, but it’s a new reality he can’t ignore.
“This is the first time I’ve had those thoughts and I’ve had those conversations about the what ifs,” Pollack said.