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Individual dining tents are set up outside for patrons to enjoy a drink at Larimer Lounge in the RiNo District in Denver on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. This week, The Denver Post will examine the long-lasting effects the coronavirus pandemic will have on the workplace, culture, schools, restaurants and 

This week, The Denver Post will examine the long-lasting effects the coronavirus pandemic will have on the workplace, culture, schools, restaurants and even sports in Colorado.

For dozens of restaurants, bars, breweries and distilleries along Larimer Street in Denver’s River North Art District, the last nine months of suffering brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have been accompanied by one notable bright spot.

“When you own a small business in the service industry, you’re all going through similar struggles,” said Kraig Weaver, co-owner of The Block Distilling Co. His family business is based at 30th and Larimer streets, along a stretch that’s been closed to car traffic in an effort to boost outdoor pedestrian use since the summer months.

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