The Denver Autism Wheel

Kudos to Beau Jo’s Pizza!

Posted on: November 9, 2010

I’d been meaning to visit Beau Jo’s Pizza for one of their Autism Society “pizza nights” for some time. We’ve been plugging them on the blog, and it sounded like a really good idea, but Wednesdays can be kind of busy around our house, what with the tutor finishing up at 6PM and then the rest of the night to contend with. But this time, we made it. And what a great night!

First of all, I must express my gratitude to Beau Jo’s for opening their restaurant to “our people.” Autie Mom Julie brought the clan, too, so there were auties and enties at our table, adults on the Spectrum, kids, adult advocates, probably around 50 people or so, all told, during the evening. The food was great, the company was outstanding. And it all came off without a hitch. How many times can you say you’ve brought your kids (autie or typical) to a restaurant and can come away saying that??

 So: good for Beau Jo’s! We had a great time, the kids played, the grown-ups talked. I got to meet some more advocates…it was like regular going out to dinner. 

I know it can’t have been easy, training a wait staff to handle a crowd of people who are susceptible to bright lights, loud noises, crowds, unfamiliar places…but they did it. I hope they will one day show other restaurants the secret of their success, but for today, I just want to say to them: “Thank you for opening your hearts and your space to my family and my extended circle of friends and fellows. Your generosity of spirit and willingness to welcome us in (and back) is much appreciated.”

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Beau Jo’s for their Autism Society Pizza Night, I heartily recommend it. We went to the location at Colorado Blvd and Yale. It’s the first Wednesday of every month, about 5:30-7:30. It’s well worth the trip: fills the tummies and warms the heart.

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