FOLLOWUP: Duke’s Alki closed by Public Health because of COVID-19 outbreak

3:46 PM: We’ve reported twice in the past two weeks on COVID-19 cases among employees at Duke’s on Alki. We had followup questions out to Public Health Seattle-King County after reports of more cases – and PHSKC has just announced that the restaurant has been closed because of “ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in employees” and “potential for workplace and customer transmission.” PHSKC also cited “non-compliance wth Washington State’s “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy” requirements.” The restaurant had closed for three days last week because of the initial outbreak, reopening on July 3rd.

4:45 PM: More from Public Health:

“At this time, all the cases have been in employees of Duke’s restaurant and we are not aware of cases among customers. The risk to diners is generally lower because they are typically not in close contact with employees for prolonged periods of time. For these reasons, customers do not need to quarantine, but should monitor their health closely for any symptoms and get tested at any sign of COVID-like illness,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health- Seattle & King County.

“With the recent increase in cases, everyone – including all restaurants, businesses and individuals – needs to remember the importance of physical distancing, limiting the number and duration of contacts with others, use of face coverings, good ventilation, and hand washing to the reduce risk of COVID-19 to customers, employees and the community. Anyone who knows they were in close contact with a COVID-19 case or has symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate themselves away from others and seek testing. And older adults and people with risk factors for severe COVID-19 infection should take extra precautions and limit activities to the extent possible.”

In response to rising COVID-19 cases county wide, Public Health is expanding efforts to educate and enforce compliance of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening requirements in food establishments.

Information for customers of the restaurant

If you were a customer at Duke’s at Alki, watch closely for any symptoms daily until 14 days after you were at the restaurant. Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or a change in smell or taste perception. Other symptoms include recent or increasing tiredness or weakness, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, chills, and sore throat. These symptoms occur within 2–14 days of your last exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you do not have any symptoms you do not need to quarantine. You can continue to go to work and out in public spaces as normal, but you should wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from people who do not live in your home.

If you develop any symptoms, even if minor, call your doctor or healthcare provider for a medical evaluation. Explain that you might have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Follow their instructions for testing.

If you do not have a doctor or healthcare provider: free or low-cost testing is available at several King County locations to anyone, regardless of immigration status. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 for assistance. The Call Center is open from 8am to 7pm, 7 days a week. If you need an interpreter, say the name of your language.

6 PM: We went over to Duke’s to verify the closure. They are indeed closed, but no explanatory note on the door.

ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: Duke’s posted a statement on social media confirming the 7 Alki cases that commenters have reported, The restaurant’s owners contend they have been “strictly following CDC and local health department guidelines.”

72 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Duke's Alki closed by Public Health because of COVID-19 outbreak"

  • Duke's Employee July 8, 2020 (4:08 pm)

    There are 7 COVID positive employees. Management only officially told staff about 2 cases. If you dined here in the past 3 weeks, I highly encourage you to get tested. 

  • Tracey July 8, 2020 (4:11 pm)

    Thank You King County!  Contact tracing?

    • Duke's Employee July 8, 2020 (5:21 pm)

      There was no type of contact tracing conducted by Duke’s. 

    • Xman July 9, 2020 (11:38 am)

      Good luck.

    • Mel July 9, 2020 (5:22 pm)

      Public Health usually does contact tracing, not the involved business..And it’s actually pretty important, because no matter how many cases there may have been at the restaurant, someone there caught it from somewhere else, and that somewhere else is vital to know.

  • flimflam July 8, 2020 (4:15 pm)

    thanks for this report, but it ends with “more…..” – does that mean there is more info to follow?not feeling bad for the company whatsoever – the employees, yes, absolutely. sounds like they’ve been “forced” (yes, they could quit i suppose) to operate in an unsafe environment, evidenced by the fact that there are multiple case there now. i will assume the other ‘non-compliance” citation is well deserved also.yes, businesses are having a tough time but Dukes ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  • Community Member July 8, 2020 (4:29 pm)

    ends with “More…”       

    • WSB July 8, 2020 (5:06 pm)

      Which means more info to come. Have since added more info.

  • reggie July 8, 2020 (4:47 pm)


  • Steve July 8, 2020 (4:51 pm)

    This really pisses me off.  We ate there the night of June 27th with some friends.  Our waiter was always masked and was super nice.  Were the cases among the wait staff or in the kitchen? Regardless, Duke’s management is to blame here for not monitoring their employee’s health…we will likely never eat there again.

    • Tracey July 8, 2020 (5:14 pm)

      I WILL Never eat there again.  Spend my money at Arthur’s on CA Ave who chose to remain closed to protect its employees and the community.  Thank you again Arthur’s.  

    • Duke's Employee July 8, 2020 (5:22 pm)

      7 cases in FOH. Not sure if there were any in BOH. 

    • Consequences to your own actions July 8, 2020 (11:25 pm)

      I mean, or you could have just stayed home instead of eating out during a pandemic. All health officials really stress this is the ideal way to get past it 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Carissa May July 9, 2020 (8:04 am)

      We ate there 15 days ago on the upper deck. And after 10 days I started with a sore throat, and fatigue. Now I’m laid out flat in bed with the worst flu like symptoms of my life..the worst part was that it was my first time there and the food was awful.$42 for a halibut the size of a tomatoes slice…arggggg💩💩💩FYI this is the only place I have ate out at in 3 months.

      • Bart Fubbles July 9, 2020 (4:39 pm)

        Maybe time to get tested @ Carissa?

    • Stayhome July 9, 2020 (4:23 pm)

      Just because something is open, does not mean you should go. The people that just have to go out and eat,  knowing the risks, have no one to blame but themselves. Learn to cook for awhile so we can get rid of this monster.

  • J July 8, 2020 (5:03 pm)

    It has been hard for businesses to keep workers and customers safe because they have not been provided complete information about transmission of this disease from the CDC and WHO.  Intentions may have been noble, but people are unable to adequately protect themselves and each other with incomplete information. Here is a video about the shortcomings in guidance…

    • flimflam July 8, 2020 (5:37 pm)

       no excuse for this – “PHSKC also cited “non-compliance with Washington State’s “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy” requirements.””

      • LB July 8, 2020 (6:40 pm)

        Agree, no exuse.

      • heartless July 8, 2020 (7:16 pm)

        What Flimflam said–and multiple people have seen Duke’s not doing any form of spacing out tables.  It’s been flat-out crowded.

    • waikikigirl July 8, 2020 (7:26 pm)

      What about just using your common sense for knowledge!?Stay home, wear a mask, cook your own meals IS IT THAT hard!

    • Restaurant Worker July 9, 2020 (7:41 am)

      Dining in restaurants is an obvious bad idea that is not just a bad idea for the people who choose to do it, but is a dangerous  work environment for the people who have to keep working so they don’t lose their homes.  However, it has been made very clear that masks work- even the CDC and the WHO say this- which means that when infected staff come to work and the staff isn’t really wearing masks before and after the public is present, as Duke’s staff said had been the case, then that is one very glaring simple thing that potentially could have prevented whatever the extent of this outbreak will be. Another very clear thing according to EVERYONE is that it can take up to 14 days after exposure to Covid-19 to develop symptoms and can take SEVERAL  days for the infection to show up on a test. These two incredibly important things are very well known and well documented. Duke’s failed to protect their workers.

      • Mel July 9, 2020 (7:23 pm)

        Because customers can’t be trusted to protect you (or each other – despite the packed tables, customers kept on sitting right down to eat) it’s critical for everyone working at the restaurant to enforce protocols to keep workers AND customers safe..In reference to J.’s assertion, believe it or not, information about transmission is still in flux. We know droplets are a “sure thing,” as is touching an infected surface then touching your nose or mouth. We still don’t know, however, how infectious “aerosols” are from different distances (the virus is apparently quite fragile), so the message on that is changing. I don’t think telling the average American all about the nuances is going to convince them any further than they’ve already made up their minds.

    • Dunno July 9, 2020 (3:53 pm)

      It’s also called Wa state unemployment, plus $600 extra a week from Fed’s.   Work or Covid,  $2,400 per month on top of state.   Some of us are making triple money.    We’ll see a change at the end of this month.  People are not stupid!

  • Alki-Derek July 8, 2020 (5:25 pm)

    Dukes was poppin’ every time we’d driven or walked by on the weekends – outdoor seating at capacity with no distancing between tables (upper deck and street level). We had to cross the street because it was so congested out front. Come to think of it, it was like this after the WSB had posted about the initial confirmed case/s?!? Pegasus should be careful and considerate too – unless there was a family of 16 who all live in the same household – dining out, it doesn’t make sense to have 4 – 4 tops back to back outside?? We should have asked the uncomfortable looking guests if we could take a PICTURE! If you are going to seat tables that close together, please set-up COVID screens like they do in other cities!!

  • Also John July 8, 2020 (5:26 pm)

    We’re deep into a pandemic.  I couldnt imagine wanting to eat out at a restaurant.  Just doesn’t sound like a wise decision to me.

    • Krs July 9, 2020 (5:08 pm)

      It’s like Matt Damon just going out to dinner in the middle of Contagion. Lol

  • psps July 8, 2020 (5:39 pm)

    These restaurant re-openings (i.e., more than takeout/delivery) are really being irresponsible members of the community.  Just pretending that we’re “phasing back to normal” is insane, especially now.  We’ll be going to back to lock-down thanks to these selfish stores and restaurants who, as some already admit, “lose less money by just staying closed.” Everything related to what is a health issue is being maliciously  politicized by republicans. The virus has no political affiliation, nor do masks.

    • Alki July 9, 2020 (2:25 pm)

      This is not just a republican thing. Please stop with the division talk. Everyone agrees we need to find a happy medium here. An entire country can’t shut down for 12 months. We need to do better but blaming Republicans when this entire state is run by Democrats is disingenuous at best.

    • Scott Collins July 10, 2020 (10:16 pm)

      Selfish?  I don’t know what you do for a living, but if your entire life is tied up in a business (as mine is) and you are just trying to survive, re-opening is not about being selfish, it is about not being destitute at whatever age you are at.  Yes, they need to be careful, and I cannot and will not judge Dukes without knowing more…but be careful before you cast about such negative terms.   Some of us are just trying to make it.

  • Heshee July 8, 2020 (6:26 pm)

    I agree dining in a restaurant makes no sense at this time. Takeout and delivery still allow people who cannot cook or go to a grocery store the ability to eat. It seems  selfish to ask servers to work in an environment with no masks, dirty glasses, utensils, etc. Eating in a restaurant is NOT essential. I’m amazed that people are so surprised that a restaurant has led to an outbreak though! I would think anyone choosing that activity would realize the risk involved and be completely ok with it. I won’t go to an unmasked place at this time because I prefer to not catch it or spread it.

  • Ken July 8, 2020 (6:32 pm)

    Duke’s owners/management made it quite clear what was the only thing of importance to them – the bottom line. Had they given even an iota of concern to the well-being of their customers and staff, they would not have had people packed in on a day to day basis. Never again will I consider to eat at any Duke’s establishment.

    But this really goes far, far beyond Duke’s. Until such time that there’s a cure or vaccine, PHSKC should not be allowing ANY type of food establishment to open unless that establishment provides contactless ordering and pickup. Better yet, the state should mandate such a requirement.

    If local, state or the federal government (including the idiotic buffoon occupying the White House) are truly concerned about public health, they would not be wasting time creating all these ridiculous, inane “phases” for reopening. The continued stupidity is mind-blowing. However, on further reflection, let Mr. MAGA and his goofy red hat supporters continue to rally without distancing or face masks – it will do wonders for cleaning up the gene pool.

  • 22blades July 8, 2020 (6:43 pm)

    Really disappointed in this long time local company. This sounds like a top down management problem. I’m hoping retail businesses are placing strong managers on duty for the compliance of staff & customers alike. When the leadership isn’t onboard with precautions, it’s hard on staff & customers alike. Ultimately, it erodes the confidence in all businesses.

  • sgs July 8, 2020 (7:02 pm)

    July 5 at Alki was a zoo – and I’m sure many more days than that.  Very few masks, not surprised.  Sorry for those sick or exposed.  Let’s get this together. 

  • Jim July 8, 2020 (7:27 pm)

    Had dinner Monday night. Not a word from our waiter, who was excellent. We ate on the street with no one nearby. 7 cases? How could they be open? That will be my last time eating there. 

  • The Captain July 8, 2020 (7:30 pm)

    I know of a customer that ate there the Friday before the 4th and got Covid -19 good job dukes! Geeze!

    • LG July 9, 2020 (7:23 am)

      You don’t know if this was where your friend contracted COVID-19. There could have been other exposure that they weren’t aware of. 

    • Alki July 9, 2020 (2:30 pm)

      I suspect someone ok with eating out on Alki that this isn’t the only risky behavior they displayed. They may have gotten it there but unlikely.

  • Ribes July 8, 2020 (7:34 pm)

    The Seattle Times has a memo from management sent to employees basically telling them not to get tested “testing sites are suggesting you may be putting yourself more at risk if you get tested without symptoms, simply to [sic] due placing yourself around those that do have symptoms.” Will definitely not be dining here again as they have no regard for their staff or the community. 

  • Russ July 8, 2020 (7:43 pm)

    Gosh, if you’re going to get the ‘rona eating out at a restaurant, at least choose a good one!

  • Trickycoolj July 8, 2020 (7:46 pm)

    The Seattle Times has the memo sent to employees after the first case and the aloof condescending tone to the staff is really disappointing.  They also noted 2 other locations with positive cases that are not closed.  Really disappointing as in the BC (before covid) times we often chose Dukes for dinner and a movie nights down at Southcenter.  The way that restaurant owners choose to ignore or apply the rules and protect their staff and customers will make me think twice before visiting in the AC (after covid) times.  If they can’t follow these rules can I honestly trust they’re not trying to skirt food safety rules to save a buck anytime the inspector isn’t around?

  • R2 July 8, 2020 (7:53 pm)

    And our president thinks we should send our kids back to school in the fall.

    • Wsguy123 July 8, 2020 (9:01 pm)

      So do our local and state (all democrats) leaders. Face masks and a combination of in person and or at home online learning.

  • AdmiralBridge July 8, 2020 (8:07 pm)

    Was there on July 5 as well for takeout.  It was a zoo in and around the place, although the bar area on the main floor was empty (inside, obviously).  Would really like to know from Dukes whether those 3 staff at the bar around 6pm were ones who tested positive.  Of course, if they kept open, didn’t do contract tracing and didn’t really tell anyone about 7 cases, don’t think we’ll get any more insight now.  Was already disappointed with the quality/size of the takeout seafood – about twice as expensive as Seattle Fish.  So helluva a choice I made….

    • M July 8, 2020 (9:32 pm)

      Admiral bridge…email Dukes.  They have an email address on their website. That is what I did a week ago and the co-owner responded to me. If he didn’t have an answer, he reached out and got the answers for me.  He confirmed for me if any employees testing positive were in the area I sat for lunch on one of the days. He confirmed that yes 2 of those employees were in the section I was in.  I was outside on the upper deck. The server who waited on us had gloves and mask on. I saw other tables being sanitized while we ate there.  It has been over 2 weeks, and we are fine. I do think any restaurant that has an employee test positive should automatically close down for 2 weeks to get everyone tested.

    • brizone July 9, 2020 (4:11 pm)

      Saw people asking those same kinds of questions on their facebook page. Their response:¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Di July 8, 2020 (8:15 pm)

    I feel for the employees… if they refused to come back to work upon re-opening they would no longer be eligible for unemployment benefits. They’re in a serious financial bind/crisis (to ask them to simply go find another job during a pandemic is really not realistic or reasonable). Then Duke’s exploits them by flouting safety precautions putting them all at risk with 7 of them (so far) testing positive for COVID-19…omg, what a preventable disaster.  Hopefully other restaurants and indoor diners take heed…To a speedy recovery

    • buttercup July 8, 2020 (9:03 pm)

      Dukes did a terrible job at protecting staff and customers. Let’s be honest though, people were not forced to eat there, they saw the crowded conditions, lack of social distancing and ate there anyways. They carry a share of the fault for going along with it. Everybody needs to practice masks and distancing. It’s takes all of us.  I doubt I will ever eat there agsin, I won’t trust them in any of their practices, they lost my respect.

    • Matt P July 9, 2020 (10:23 am)

      I’m not a lawyer, but if you quit your job because your employer is putting you at risk and you can prove it – then you are eligible for unemployment as far as I know.  It’s easily provable now since they were shutdown involuntarily.  Anyone who contracted the virus while working may be eligible for worker’s comp depending on if the WDLI determines whether it was incidental that the worker contracted it from their job.  Worth pursuing anyway (their example is that an office worker who catches it from another employee would not be eligible – although you could argue that you would be if your employer forced you to come into the office when your job could be done from home).  Since a restaurant worker is more exposed, I think they stand a good chance of getting workers comp.

  • Unfortunately not surprised July 8, 2020 (8:51 pm)

    As a restaurant worker I can say that these business owners are all about the bottom line. They don’t give a s*** about employees safety. It’s all about the dollar.  Sitting in a restaurant with 50% capacity ;looking at chairs up on tables; reinventing the menu items (i.e. “I don’t want this but can you sub that) …this is ESSENTIAL?!? People…stay the f*** home. Order takeout. Wear your mask.  If you have never worked in the service industry,  please do not even comment. This is an absolutely abhorrent situation. Are we all super tired and frustrated with this pandemic? YES. But please understand the people who serve you are working for a pittance right now. 

  • BW July 8, 2020 (9:29 pm)

    Here’s a hot take. No restaurant can force anyone to sit less than 6 feet apart. People are making a choice to do so for their own pleasure.
    If you go out to a restaurant and your only option is to sit packed on top of one another, maybe consider a different option. Restaurants can’t fill seats if people are unwilling to sit in them.  Let’s not universally condemn restaurants when individual citizens are  making a choice.

    • Lamont July 8, 2020 (10:35 pm)

      The existence of irresponsible people is a constant that won’t go away.  And the virus will not confine itself to only irresponsible people.  They’ll catch it and spread it to other people which makes it a community problem, larger than individuals.  So we absolutely can blame the restaurant and we can blame the policies and enforcement.  The government probably shouldn’t be giving anyone any choice in the matter and keeping it all takeout/delivery, because if you give them a choice people WILL behave this way and the virus will spread.  The virus doesn’t care why the restaurant is open and packed.

    • flimflam July 8, 2020 (11:00 pm)

      its easy to “condemn” restaurants if they are not following basic guidelines – it’s not a matter of opinion up for debate, tables must allow for 6ft of distancing. any place that won’t do this should be visited by the health department.

  • Unfortunately not surprised July 8, 2020 (10:40 pm)

    BW…Here’s a hot take. How about the general public use some common sense *haha…not so common it turns out) since COVID is spiking in several states. If everyone did their part and suppressed their selfish “needs” we would most certainly be further along than we are. But God forbid anyone suppress their “need” to gather when the weather is warm or it’s the 4th of July.  

    • BW July 9, 2020 (3:05 pm)

      Pretty sure that’s what I said. If a restaurant is crowded consider going somewhere else was  meant to imply use some common sense.  I work in restaurants as well, there are restaurants that are trying to do the right thing and those that don’t care.  Anyone who chooses to dine out right now needs to own the part/responsibility in it, however that’s true for pretty much all of us when we frequent any business right now and for the foreseeable future.  

  • Di July 8, 2020 (10:43 pm)

    Done with the stupid choices made by covidiots Yes, I will universally condemn any business that doesn’t take measures to protect their employee’s lives. 

  • Dan July 8, 2020 (11:01 pm)

    Speaking as an owner I am pissed!  This greedy and arrogant treatment of the customers and staff is heartbreaking.  They violated multiple standing health directives all to get more cheeks in the seats. They did the entire industry a disservice and put all us us who are doing it right at risk with this. I don’t cut fellow restaurants out of my spending plans but I will make an exception in this case.  I will gladly spend money at Grill Bird when they reopen because they handled their case with respect for staff and customers!   

  • DuckFukes July 8, 2020 (11:01 pm)

    There are certainly more than 7 cases among their employees. Be certain that a lot of those exposed, but untested workers will be looking for work at another restaurant or bar in WS soon. If they get tested and are found to be positive that would effect their future employability. So, since they’re likely asymptotic they’ll chose plausible deniability and go on to infect others. Things get scary quick when you think about how this can spread 1-2-4-8-16-32-64.I won’t be spending money there again, which is a shame as I really enjoyed the bar. The food has always been subpar and overpriced in my opinion.

  • I don’t feel bad for people who choose to dine out July 8, 2020 (11:33 pm)

    @ all the people mad about it after choosing to dine at a restaurant during a pandemic:well, well, well… if it isn’t the consequences to your own actions. 

    • West Seattle since 1979 July 9, 2020 (1:37 am)

      That doesn’t exonerate the restaurant owners. And they put their staff at risk by requiring them to work in those conditions.

      • LB July 9, 2020 (6:16 pm)

        Put their staff AND customers st risk.

  • Steve July 9, 2020 (7:59 am)

    The night we ate there (June 27th) they were filling every table.  Granted they were booths and they’d installed plexiglass to ‘raise the back’ of the booths but they were immediately adjacent and all occupied.  Definitely not six feet apart.  When I made the reservation (I was never contacted about potential exposure…i assume they can contact me as the reservation was via ‘OpenTable’) I’d assumed they’d have spaced their tables further apart but no…the layout was no different than normal.  Well damn…does our party celebrating a big birthday walk out and go to Spuds or Blue Moon Burgers?   Perhaps the lack of spacing is one of the reasons the Health Dept. has shut them down.  If they’d taken out two or three booths they’d have likely been in compliance. 

    • Kathy July 11, 2020 (10:09 am)

      Given that the scientists (and finally WHO) are coming to the agreement that this virus can linger in the air aerosolized for a long  time, I would think twice before dining in an indoor booth where  there could have been previous clients dining.

  • Regular At Dukes July 9, 2020 (8:45 am)

    We love Dukes, especially their commitment to sustainable seafood, so we were excited to sit outside when they opened. However, I noticed how packed the main floor was. I said to the server, “This feels dangerously overcrowded.” She said they had flagged this issue with management multiple times, and management was solely focused on filling tables and insisted they were following the law. Even if they were technically within the rules (since the bar was empty), it still looked and felt unsafe. We went to Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville, and they were very well spaced – so we have something to compare. Again: we love Dukes, but they need to take employee and customer safety seriously. I’m sure other restaurants are taking note, too. 

    • flimflam July 9, 2020 (12:59 pm)

      @ regular…”Even if they were technically within the rules (since the bar was empty), it still looked and felt unsafe”nope, 50% capacity AND 6ft distancing between seated customers and no bar seating at all are the rules – dukes willfully disregarded most of them. shameful, really – they in essence told their employees that they were not important much less essential.

      • LB July 9, 2020 (6:15 pm)

        Dukes told both their customers AND employees that their bottom line is of upmost importance.  No more dining there. Ever .

  • W SEA Fields July 9, 2020 (9:31 am)

    If Duke’s was over-capacity, that’s on them and they should be held accountable to employees and recent patrons alike.  The current guidance, however, all driven by the “the science” and “the experts,” of course, is that restaurants can open at 25% capacity with other precautions in place.  The notion that this is a binary choice between “stay home!!” (presumably until we have a vaccine) and “you want to selfishly kill people!” becomes tiresome.  Everyone has their own risk tolerance, whether it’s the grocery store, going to a salon, or, yes, dining out.  No, the virus doesn’t care why a given venue is open; it also never distinguished between “essential” vs. “non-essential” businesses – an entirely arbitrary creation.  We spent the first six week or so filing past each other, without masks, in the same handful of locations (grocery/pharmacy/hardware) – why no hyperventilating then?  The re-opening is going to be imperfect, but the moving goalposts of the lockdown had to stop at some point.  The alternative, increasingly, was that there won’t be all that much to re-open…

  • Lispector July 9, 2020 (9:37 am)

    Duke’s didn’t take proper measures to ensure the safety of their patrons or staff, but not all restaurants and bars are like this. If you go into an establishment and you see that there’s clearly fewer tables inside, with clearly marked distancing barriers, and fewer employees working inside that are all masked up with gloves on, then you’re likely at a great spot worthy of your patronage. If you see a place crowded inside, without clearly reducing capacity, and patrons without masks on then run away! Just don’t lump all businesses together because a few are putting business before safety. 

  • brizone July 9, 2020 (4:14 pm)

    Makes you wonder what other things they regularly try to hide from the Health Department.  Incredible, but sadly not surprising. The Covtilians will end up killing us all, one way or another…

  • Wenfin July 9, 2020 (7:26 pm)

    Also be aware of non-mask wearing cooks and prep staff at other West Seattle restaurants, even when ordering “to go.”  Look before you order!!  Ask the managers why employees are not required to wear masks in their establishments.  I refuse to order take out unless I’m satisfied that employees are being as safe as can be…  Forget eating inside one!

  • Rick July 12, 2020 (12:56 pm)

    My wife and I are longtime residents of West Seattle, and I’ve worked closely with Dukes senior management for over 10 years. I may be biased, but I’ve always found Dukes to have a high degree of honesty and integrity. As an independent contractor, I’ve seen a variety of restaurant “management styles”, and I rate Dukes near the top. I personally saw Duke’s prep for opening (after being closed for 3 months) at several locations, and can report they were taking health department guidelines very seriously. I’m not familiar with the details of this case, but if any local improvements are needed, I trust Dukes will quickly implement them.

    • LiveOnAlki July 13, 2020 (7:06 pm)

      I’ve walked past Dukes many times since they reopened for at-restaurant dining, the outdoor seating was no where close to what it should have been to follow guidelines.Guidelines or not, and whether Dukes or any other restaurant before you dine there you need to remember that you have no idea what staff has been doing in their time off, what steps they took to social distance/ quarantine or not. It’s a layer cake and you have no way of knowing what the ingredients are.  

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