Downtown Denver restaurant manager says violent crime hurts business – CBS Denver

(CBS4) “It’s an issue that affects all of us in Denver, but no more so than downtown businesses.

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“It’s scary to be completely honest; it’s very scary,” said Gabriel DeCastro, assistant general manager of El Tejano and Loaded near Market Street and 20th Street. “We have to have cops every Friday and Saturday. We need to double down on security just so I can keep the staff and my co-workers safe who come in for fun. »

DeCastro is seeing more crime in the area, and he said it’s hurting business. Both establishments have only been open for about eight months, but are still feeling the impact.

“Maybe two or three weeks ago someone was shot in the corner,” Decastro said. “There are fights around the corner, fights across the street, they block the street, they fight in the street. The shots, the knives – it was very difficult. It’s something I didn’t expect. I believe the owners and senior management did not expect this at all.

On Saturday night, Denver police responded to another shooting in the area near 16th Street and Wazee Street, about four blocks from El Tejano and Loaded, but DeCastro said he didn’t. was not shocked.

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“I wish I was, but I’m not at all,” he said. “It’s something that happened, and I wish it didn’t.”

DeCastro hopes for some revitalization in the neighborhood and asks the community to behave in a way that everyone can enjoy the benefits of downtown.

“We have to get through this because it’s our job. Everybody needs to make money,” DeCastro said. “But have fun without fighting and without getting in trouble.”

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