That all changed when the pandemic hit and in-house dining restrictions seesawed between zero and 50 percent from last March to now. Hussein says business is down 75 percent over last year as a result. "Business was very good before, but after the coronavirus, it has been bad," the owner notes.
He's been running Golf Restaurant (so named because it's across the street from Common Ground Golf Course) since 2010 with his wife and brother-in-law, steadily building up his clientele during that time and putting two sons through college. Hussein is no stranger to the restaurant business: He and his wife ran a successful eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, until they were forced to leave for political reasons in 2001. They lived in San Diego for a brief time before coming to Colorado, where other family members lived. Golf was founded as an Ethiopian grocery store and restaurant in 2009, and Hussein bought the restaurant side a year later (the grocery is under separate ownership).
Preparing meals for the Rocky Mountain Welcome Center's food distribution program has helped pay bills during the pandemic; the restaurant prepares 100 meals twice a week, which Hussein says makes up for a little of his lost business. But despite the hardship of the last nine months, he envisions a day when his dining room will be full again. Call 303-340-4555 to order or stop by if you don't mind waiting about twenty minutes (and get a coffee if you do).
This isn't fast food, the owner points out — and good food is worth waiting for.