Federal employees furloughed by the government shutdown are getting a welcome break right now from a few companies in the Denver-area who are sympathetic to their plight. These are in the form of everything from free museum admission to discounted booze and food.
Here's the breakdown:
Big Red F Restaurants: Many Big Red F restaurants are starting happy hour early for furloughed employees. Participating spots include Jax Fish House, Denver and Glendale locations' Centro Latin Kitchen; Zolo Grill and West End Tavern. Each location will extend the drink specials featured during normal happy hours, as well as a few food specials.
Racines Denver: Furloughed federal workers get 20 percent off their individual food and beverage tab with a valid ID through the end of the shutdown.
Charcoal Grill: Happy hour anytime the restaurant is open for furloughed workers.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Free admission to all employees of the federal government through October 6. In order to receive free admission, federal employees will be asked to show their federal ID at the DMNS admission desk. (Family members of federal employees still have to buy tickets.)
Denver Art Museum: Free admission to federal employees through October 6. To obtain complimentary admission, employees should show their federal ID at the museum welcome desk.
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Avenue Theater: Furloughed federal workers can pay whatever they wish, but no more than $10, for tickets to the show, "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)" at the Avenue Theater. The fed furlough tickets are for this weekend and as long as the shutdown continues thereafter.
Aspen's Silver Queen Gondola: The gondola will be free to the public this weekend. With the government shutdown closing the road to Maroon Bells near Aspen, Aspen Skiing Company decided to let patrons ride the gondola for free in order to catch the amazing fall foliage.
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That's the list for now. If you know of any others or are looking to give furloughed workers a break, let us know!