To celebrate America’s birthday, Anise is unveiling our newest menu: Weekend Brunch!
Most American diners know of Vietnamese brunch as pho, but there’re more to Vietnamese brunch than just pho. Sure Vietnamese eat pho for breakfast, but Vietnamese eat pho all the time. Breakfast is just one of the “all the time” that Vietnamese eat pho. To define pho as the only Vietnamese food is unfair to all the other delicious Vietnamese brunch choices.
In opening Anise, our Owner and Executive Chef, Quyen Trinh, wants to introduce less common but delicious Vietnamese food to America, and she has. With the Anise brunch menu, we dare say that Chef Quyen has done it again. If you love Vietnamese food (who doesn’t?), then you’re going to love Vietnamese brunch. In fact, Anise gets more requests for a brunch offering than anything else.
Besides pho, our brunch menu features unique items like Breakfast Springroll (another Anise invention), Eggs Omelets on a bed of rice paper, Cháo (Vietnamese porridge), Xôi (sticky rice), $5 Cocktails, Bottomless Mimosas, and of course vegan and vegetarian choices.
If you’re curious to see what Vietnamese brunch is like, take a look at our brunch menu then join us every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-2PM.
Besides brunch, we also have Late Night menu on the weekends and Happy Hour from 2-6PM on the weekdays.
Denver has imposed another curfew to start off the month of June. This time the curfew is in effect every night from 9PM-5AM all through Friday, June 5 at 5AM.
Restaurants like Anise have to close at 9PM, which means we will take the last customers at 8PM, and all customers have to finish and leave Anise by 9PM. If you’re planning on dining at Anise this week, we highly recommend reservations. Thank you for your continued patronage. Be safe and stay healthy!
Because of the curfews in Denver this Saturday and Sunday at 8PM, Anise is closing early. Based on information from the Colorado Restaurant Association, the City of Denver allows restaurants like Anise to close at 8PM. Which means we will take the last customers at 7PM, and all customers have to finish and leave Anise by 8PM. If you’re planning on dining at Anise tonight, we highly recommend reservations. Thank you for your continued patronage, and whatever you do tonight, please be safe!
On Monday, May 25, 2020, Governor Polis announced that restaurants and similar establishments will be able to reopen today, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Throughout this pandemic, Anise remained opened for takeouts while adhering to all state guidelines and COVID-19 safety procedures. Since the beginning, we have anticipated a reopening in the midst of the pandemic, of course with heighten safety procedures; hence we have been preparing, we are ready, and we will be opened today. We know it is always safer at home for everyone, but our goal is to make sure that Anise is the safest place to dine outside of your home. That said, here are the measures that we have put in place:
For our Customers
Seating for both indoor and outdoor dine-in will be arranged so that all patrons not in the same parties will be at least 6 feet apart. Anise already has a nice patio, but we are working with the City of Denver and State Agencies to further expand seating onto the sidewalks near the front entrance of Anise. Every group and every reservation will be limited to 8 people maximum. In fact, if you have groups of 4 or more, we recommend making reservations ahead of time by calling our main number at 303-830-3934. For your own health safety and those around you, facemasks are required and must be worn until you have sat down at your seating area. It’s the law!
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.
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 uppon arriving to work and in between tasks (or at least every 30 minutes).
Operating Hours and Specials
Now that we’re opened again, we will resume pre-COVID-19 hours, which are:
As communicated earlier, this opening is also the official end to any specials that were offered during the lockdown, but please watch our blog for future specials.
For the month of May, Chef Quyen is offering a free draft beer (Bud Light or Coors Light) with every entree purchase to our dine-in patrons. Of course, you must be older than 21 with a valid pictured ID to participate, and you have to mention seeing the special on our blog.
“Ăn ngon miệng nhé” in Vietnamese or “bon appétit” as they say in French!
Few things smell and taste as good as freshly baked baguettes. That’s why at Anise we choose to bake all our baguettes in house. We are not going to take any chances in putting together banh mi, one of the most popular sandwiches ever. Crunchy outside with beautiful crusty colors but soft white interior, our baguettes is one of many reasons why Anise has the best banh mi in the market. Virtually the very first thing we do at Anise every morning is bake fresh baguettes for that day’s banh mi line up. That’s why our banh mi are always fresh and delicious. If you don’t know what banh mi is, please check out our banh mi blog then browse our banh mi menu for the freshest, crunchiest, and tastiest banh mi you have ever tasted.
Last year, Anise opened its doors on Friday, May 10th a couple days before Mother’s Day. Exactly one year later to today, it is May 10th and is Mother’s Day. Under any normal circumstances, we would have a big celebration to thank all our loyal customers for supporting us in our first year, but in this current pandemic, nothing is normal. Regardless, we’d like to thank everyone who has visited us since we were first opened and during this COVID-19 period.
Now back to the topic of this post, Mother’s Day. Anise would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there. We know how hard you work and we appreciate you.
COVID-19 is the worst pandemic in our life time, but us humans have made it through some really bad pandemics with less technology and scientific know hows (Plague of Justinian in the 500’s AD, Black Plague in the 1300’s, and the 1918 Flu Pandemic in… the early 1900’s). If history is correct and if it does repeat itself, then we will prevail and we will make it through this one.
Safer at Home
Here in Denver and Colorado, to help flatten the curve, Mayor Hancock and Governor Polis instituted a strict Stay at Home order starting mid March that required Denverites and Coloradans to stay at home except for grocery shopping, exercise and necessary activities. Restaurants like Anise were considered critical businesses and were allowed to be opened but only for takeouts, deliveries, and curbside pickups. The Stay at Home phase was a success; the curve started to flatten; so Colorado has moved into her next phase to battle this pandemic, The Safer at Home phase.
Because the Safer at Home phase just started this past week (April 27), there are still a lot of unknowns. Safer at Home means exactly that, we’re still safer at home. We’re not 100% safe in public, hence Colorado is opening albeit slowly:
April 27, 2020
Retails can open for curbside pickups
Real estate showings are allowed
May 1, 2020
Retails and personal services can be opened with safety practice in place
May 4, 2020
Non-essentials offices can be opened with reduced capacity and safety practice in place
Restaurants directives are still missing from the current Safer at Home orders; but due to the essential nature of our business, the Governor and the Mayor’s offices are working steadfastly to come up with a guideline for Anise and for restaurants in Colorado (especially in Denver) to open safely. Of course we are very anxious to serve our customers in a dine-in setting, but we will do that responsibly, safely, and we will adhere to all governmental guidelines and regulations. As soon as we know restaurant specific guidelines and opening dates, we will update with a blog.
Denver Face Masks Requirement
On May 1, 2020, Mayor Hancock issued an order requiring residents and employees to wear face coverings while inside of (or waiting in line to enter) businesses, facilities or locations – such as any retail or commercial business, at a bus stop or facilities offering health care services. All restaurant employees should wear face coverings — those preparing food, working in a space with food, and interacting with guests are specifically called out by the order. As part of the order, restaurants like ours must, “Take reasonable measures, such as posting signs, to remind their customers and the public of the requirement that they wear a Face Covering while inside of or waiting in line to enter the business, facility, or location. Businesses and organizations performing Critical Government Functions must take all reasonable steps to prohibit any member of the public who is not wearing a Face Covering from entering and, if those efforts are unsuccessful, must not serve that person and must seek to remove that person.” The Mayor’s order is effective May 6, 2020; that’s this coming Wednesday. We don’t want any trouble with the law, so starting Wednesday please help us serve you by wearing a face mask upon entering Anise.
Alcohol To-Go Extended
On March 20, 2020, Governor Polis temporary lifted the statewide rule that prevents Colorado restaurants and bars from serving alcohol to go. That lift expired on April 30, 2020 but was extended for another 30 days. To celebrate the extension, Anise is offering a buy 1 bottle of wine get another bottle of wine of equal value or less free. In addition, any customers ordering over $75 worth of food (pre-tax) will get a bottle of house wine free (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio). These 2 offers are good only for customers over 21 years or older with valid IDs, until revise by Anise, until the lift expires again, until Anise is out of wines, or until restaurants in Denver are allowed to be opened for dine in, whichever happens first.
On March 20th, Governor Polis signed an executive order allowing Anise (and all liquor licensees licensed for on premises consumption) to sell alcohol for carry out, and delivery. This executive order will end on April 18th.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued an order today, March 23rd, requiring residents to stay at home in response to the spread of the coronavirus. “This isn’t a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home,” they Mayor said. “We will enforce when and where necessary.” This order is effective at 5PM Tuesday, March 24th and will be in effect until at least April 10th. Restaurants are considered essential and are therefore EXCLUDED from this order and may continue to provide to-go, delivery, and drive-through services.
Since there are so many executive orders in such a short time, there are a lot of uncertainties and our customers have many questions. With this blog, we’d like to clear up some of those uncertainties. Please feel free to share this blog with everyone especially other restaurateurs who may benefit from this information.
In regard to the CDPHE’s Guidance to restaurants to provide Raw & Bulk foods, Anise has decided to not participate at this time, but we will continue to monitor our customer interests. If our customers express the desire for us to provide this service, then Anise may consider participating at that time. If we do participate, Anise will offer Raw & Bulk Foods along with General Consumer Goods at cost as a service to our community.
In regard to the alcohol take-out or delivery rules, as per the Colorado Restaurant Association:
Operators must have one of the following licenses: Beer and Wine, Brew Pubs, Club Licenses, Distillery Pubs, Hotel & Restaurant, Lodging and Entertainment, Tavern, or Vintners Restaurant
The order applies to all types of beer, wine, and spirits (cocktails and mixed drinks included).
Beverages must be in a sealed container – sealed containers include plastic cups with plastic lids, even if there is a straw hole, as long as there isn’t a straw in it
Restaurants can not refill growlers. Colorado’s Liquor Enforcement Division (LED) just updated its ruling and has decided that on-premises retailers may not refill and sell alcohol beverages in growlers and crowlers.
Sale of food must be on the same receipt or transaction
As always, sales to someone under 21 or someone who is visibly intoxicated are prohibited
For delivery orders, individuals placing the order must be 21 years of age or over, and must provide their name, date of birth, and delivery address. This information must be verified upon delivery.
Establishments licensed as a distillery pub or a brewery may only sell what’s made on site
Deliveries may only be made to the address provided at the time of the order
Persons making the delivery must be 21 years old or older and an employee of the licensee
Licensee must retain all records regarding the delivery of alcohol beverages
We are offering our house wines at $15 a bottle (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio).
If you are a restaurateur, please take sometimes to help make sure the Federal Government provides relief for restaurants and their employees here, and please fill out this form to help trigger a response from the Federal Government to open up relief funding in our state. Please email the form to John-Michael Hill with Denver’s Economic Development Office at email@example.com. John will forward them on Colorado’s behalf. If your restaurant is still providing take-outs and deliveries, then make sure it’s listed on the Denver.org website by filling out this form.
Again, we’d like to thank all the front line COVID-19 First Responders – nurses, doctors, healthcare providers, and all those scientists who are working steadfastly toward a COVID-19 cure. We appreciate everything you do. We will beat this pandemic together.