Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday will look a little different at Los Dos Potrillos' four locations for a second consecutive year.
There won't be any live music or as many festive hanging props and lights. The crowd will be smaller, since only two of their four locations are eligible to open at higher than 50% capacity.
But still, it's better than last year, said Luis Ramirez, co-CEO of Los Dos Potrillos.
"COVID decided to ruin the fun for everyone in the restaurant industry last year, but tomorrow, we're going try and create a sense of normalcy in our restaurants," Ramirez said. "We want people to come out, enjoy some Mexican food, have some drinks and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us."
To encourage folks to come celebrate this year, the restaurant is offering new margarita flights that will include four 12-ounce tequila-infused drinks for everyone.
Additionally, the fan favorite carnitas, which are traditionally only served on the weekends, will be available.
But things won't be entirely back to normal on Wednesday. All guests and employees will be required to wear face masks, staff will be sanitizing tables, the bathroom and high-touch areas frequently and all items will be available to go.
"Even if we are reopening and things are starting to get back to normal, we want everyone to feel safe. So although it's exciting, we want our guests to know we are remaining commitment to our cleaning and safety protocols," Ramirez said.
Meanwhile, like Ramirez, Denver Police Department officials are encouraging Denverites to celebrate responsibly. They also are implementing procedures to keep things safe.
Traditionally, hundreds of cars can be seen in a bumper-to-bumper line along Federal Boulevard with waving Mexican flags and loud music that can be heard for blocks.
However, in an attempt to reduce the possibility of street racing and driving under the influence incidents, police have reduced Federal Boulevard to only one lane through Thursday.
"These restrictions will allow for first responders to quickly move to where they are needed in a proactive manner," DPD official said in a release.
Officers will be enforcing traffic and sound ordinances in the surrounding area.
When the doors open at Los Dos Potrillos at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, it'll be more emotional than usual, Ramirez said.
"It's going to be emotional to see everyone back into the restaurant and just have it 'hum' like it used too," Ramirez said. "It'll be a very touching moment and kind of a full circle. We see the light at the end of the tunnel, we're right there and we've been battling this (disease) for over a year now, and now we're ready to get going and back to normal."