Late spring snow temporarily prevents outdoor dining

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. (KDVR) — Heavy snow has put a damper on plans for many restaurants in Idaho Springs.

This time of year, their historic district and Miner Street storefronts are filled with people enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, that was not the case on Friday.

“We opened the hotel curtains and it was snowing. We knew it wouldn’t happen that fast,” said Bryan Hall, a tourist from Oklahoma.

Jennifer Cox and her team were from Oklahoma and she didn’t have a coat.

“It’s not cold compared to Oklahoma. We have wind there so I don’t need a jacket,” Cox said with a laugh. Up to 2 feet of snow could fall in this community.

The folks at Slaymaker Cellars were preparing for the storm.

“We cover our plants hoping they survive the storm. That’s what we’re hoping for,” Cris Slaymaker said.

These plants are in an outdoor dining space, which is a big deal knowing that a Friday night storm is heading their way.

Not for Sawyer Dalpes, whose summer vacation started on Friday.

“Hopefully it will be good in a few days,” Dalpes said.

Tents, huts, and tables are ready to go, but it’s unclear if anyone will be using them.

At Clear Creek Cidery and Eatery, they plan to sell a lot of their Reubens, indoors. They tried to set up outdoor dining tents yesterday.

“We thought we’d cut our losses, take the roofs off and leave the frames in place, see what we can do to handle this unusual snowstorm,” said Cidery and Eatery owner Evan Lombardi.

The community of Idaho Springs, where many know its snow today, could still see sunshine this weekend

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