Last year at this time, the world was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Various shutdowns and curfews were imposed by the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Social Distancing was the norm. Much was unknown about the novel coronavirus, and the world’s health future was bleak.
This summer is very different. In America, speedy developments and adoptions of various vaccines have proven to be a positive deterrent for the coronavirus. Denver restaurants are now fully opened with more relaxed mask requirements. Cooped up for over a year, most everyone is enjoying their new found freedom. Anise® welcomes the eventual demise of the pandemic and the arrival of summer with our new Summer Hours:
Even with limited restrictions, Anise® understands that the pandemic is not over. We are going to remain vigilant to help keep COVID-19 cases down with the following measures:
Our facility: Even though legally allowed, Anise® is notgoing to add more tables just yet. In fact, most of our tables will remain 6′ apart
Our customers: For those who are fully vaccinated, please feel free to enter Anise® unmasked (honor system). For those not fully vaccinated or those who want to be extra careful with COVID, we recommend keeping your masks on while at Anise® when you are not sitting at your table
Our staff: Though everyone who works at Anise® is fully vaccinated, we will continue to wear masks especially when servicing our customers
Anise® is currently the #1 destination for Tiger lagers in Denver. That’s right! We sell more Tigers than any other restaurants in Denver. We think Tigers are the Bombs; so much so that we are going to feature $9 Tiger Bombs (a bottle of Tiger and one 5oz hot sake)
Today is the start of Lunar New Year, which is celebrated by many countries in Far East Asia. Vietnam is one of those countries. In Vietnam, we call this day, Tết Nguyên Đán or Tết. Every year, Tết starts on the first new moon and is celebrated in Vietnam until the first full moon, which is 15 days later.
This year is the year of the Ox, which signifies good health among other traits. Face it! After 2020, we all need a year of good health. With this Tết, Anise would like to thank all our friends and customers for your patronage and support during the last turbulent year. We wish you good health, much happiness, and a prosperous Year of the Ox!
Tis the season to be jolly, and this year we have extra reasons to be jolly because it means 2020 is coming to an end. For those still searching for the best last minute gifts, look no further. Anise is currently selling gift certificates; it’s a gift that will definitely be used. To purchase Anise Gift Certificates, you can of course pay Anise a visit, or you can purchase them online via this link. And to celebrate the end of 2020, we are running a $50 gift certificate promotion, by taking $10 off of your purchase ($50 gift certificate would cost $40. This offer is good during the month of December 2020).
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Governor Polis announced changes to the State’s dial framework that includes introducing the new Level Red – Severe Risk and Level Purple – Extreme Risk categories. This Public Health Order was issue in response to the existence of thousands of confirmed and presumptive cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related deaths across the State of Colorado. This Order implements levels of restrictions for individuals, businesses and activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 further in Colorado.
The new framework goes into effect this Friday at 5 p.m. Denver is one of the 15 counties that was moved into the Level Red – Severe Risk category.
The new Level Red – Severe Risk Category
All public and private gatherings of any size are now prohibited
High risk populations are strongly urged to stay at home
In-person indoor dining at restaurants is temporarily closed, but take out, curbside delivery, and outdoor/open-air dining with only groups from a single household are permitted. Last call for on-premise alcohol sales must cease by 8 p.m.
On-premise consumption of alcohol must cease by 10 p.m.
Sales of alcohol for off-premises consumption, including take-out and delivery, must cease by 10p.m.
New variances are not allowed, and current variances will be reevaluated by the State
Office occupancy is limited to 10 percent
Gyms and fitness facilities are limited to 10 percent occupancy, 10 people per room, or outdoors in groups less than 10. Reservations are required.
Critical and non-critical retail facilities are limited to 50 percent occupancy with increased curbside pickup and delivery, and recommended hours dedicated to senior and at-risk customers
Indoor events and venues are closed
Outdoor events and entertainment are limited to 25 percent occupancy, with no more than 75 people. Two or more individuals attending together must be from the same household and maintain 6 feet distancing from non-household members
How does this translate to Anise?
To comply with the new Public Order, Anise® will adjust our hours to 11AM-9PM for patio dining and for take-outs. To help our customers who cannot get to Anise, we will expand our delivery service hours to start at 11:30AM til 8:30PM to any address within the area bounded to the west by i25, the north by i70, and the east by Colorado Blvd as shown via the map below:
For our customers
Since the start of the pandemic, Anise® has implemented the strictest COVID sanitary protocols as recommended by all health agencies, and we will continue to do so. But as a reminder for your own health safety and those around you, facemasks are required and must be worn at all time while inside Anise® unless you are dining in then until you are sitting down in your seating area.
All tables and shared surfaces will be disinfected with every turnover (in between parties) with commercial grade disinfectant rated to kill coronavirus. Hand sanitizers will be available at check-in area and all through Anise®. Our restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at least once every hour.
Finally, we have made our menus available online so our guests can browse them comfortably with their favorite Internet enable electronic devices.
For our Employees
We have implemented symptom monitoring protocols (temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) for all employees. If employee shows any symptoms or sign of sickness, they will be asked to go home. All employees must wear facemasks and practice 6 feet distancing between other employees when possible. Hand washing is required upon arriving to work and in between tasks.
During this Public Health Order, which requires all in door dining to be closed, Chef Quyen is offering a free bottle of house wine (Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc) to any take out, delivery, or patio dining patrons with orders worth more than $75 (valid ID must be presented). Of course this offer is only good while supplies last, and please mention that you saw this special to take advantage of the offer. ****As of 12/11/2020, we are out of house wines so the promotion is over****
Today is the start of Denver Beer Week, which is a celebration of “all things beers” in Denver, and is a 9 day celebration of America’s #1 beer city. Anise is proud to participate by featuring some of the best Colorado beers on tap like Avery’s IPA, O’Dell 90 Shilling, Blue Moon Wheat, Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale, Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, Left Hand Oktoberfest, Great Divide Hazy IPA, and Coors Light. That’s the most diverse collection of Colorado craft beers out of any Asian restaurants in Colorado.
What are you waiting for? Stop by Anise, raise a few local pints, and enjoy the best in Vietnamese food!
It has been very nice in Denver these past few days. This beautiful weather is supposed to extend all through this weekend before turning colder next week. If you’re an outdoor patio person and looking to enjoy the best of Vietnamese food while sipping on your favorite adult cocktails, give Anise® a visit soon before old man winter arrives.
Chef Quyen is seen here taking a rare break on Anise®’s beautiful outdoor patio with a couple of her friends.
Just like that, October is here; and with the arrival of October, there’s already a chill in the air. That colder air is nature’s way to remind us that summer is over. But fret not, the arrival of Fall is also the arrival of Oktoberfest, our seasonal beer, by Left Hand Brewing Company. “Biscuity, malty goodness dominates upfront while the noble pedigree hops lend a properly spicy, dry finish.” As described by Left Hand Brewing Company’s website, Oktoberfest is a great accompaniment to Anise®’s many savory dishes like Bún Chả Hà Nội or Chả Cá Lã Vọng; but if you just want something comforting to warm your souls on those brisk Fall days, then go ahead and pair Oktoberfest with Anise®’s delicious steamy bowls of pho. However you’d like to enjoy Oktoberfest, do come early and come often, because of it’s seasonal nature, Oktoberfest won’t be featured at Anise® for long. Một hai ba… dô!