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SCHOOL’S OUT: Serving more than food, on lunches’ first day

Food for the mind, as well as food for the belly. That’s what was offered up to students visiting Denny International Middle School on Monday – it’s one of the five West Seattle/South Park sites with take-away lunches available to all Seattle Public Schools students. We dropped by just before the official availability window and said hi to lunch ladies Doree and Noreen:

They were looking forward to potentially seeing some of the students they’d be serving daily if school was in session. So was Denny principal Jeff Clark:

Also available along with lunches and books, grade-by-grade info for families; schools are closed for at least six weeks.

CORONAVIRUS: The Monday 3/16 roundup

Here’s how the day went:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From today’s Seattle-King County Public Health news release:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/15/20.

488 confirmed cases (up 68 from yesterday)
43 confirmed deaths (up 6 from yesterday)

These additional deaths include:

A man in his 80s, who died on 3/15
A woman in her 70s, who died on 3/15
A man in his 80s, who died on 3/11
A woman in her 50s, who died 3/8 at Harborview Medical Center
A woman in her 70s, who died on 3/14 at Northwest Hospital
A woman her 90s, a resident of Redmond of Redmond Care & Rehab, who died on 3/12

Of the 43 deaths reported, 29 are confirmed to be associated with Life Care Center.

ANOTHER BRIDGE PARK CASE: Families at Bridge Park in High Point have been told of another COVID-19 case at the senior-living complex.

NEWEST PUBLIC-HEALTH ORDERS: The governor, King and Snohomish County executives, SKCPH leaders, and Seattle’s mayor all gathered for a media briefing late this morning. They discussed the orders issued last night, shutting down a variety of businesses, among them, movie theaters, leading to this:

Here’s our coverage, including video. For the first time since the outbreak began, reporters weren’t allowed in the room – one TV station’s camera provided a feed to anyone interested, and a conference-call phone number was provided for reporters to listen in and to ask questions.

FOOD/BEVERAGE BUSINESSES: As we first reported last night, a major part of the new orders shuts down in-house eating and drinking. Dozens of West Seattle food and beverage businesses have complied with the orders by offering takeout and/or delivery – and telling customers in a variety of ways, including this signage we found on La Rustica‘s door:

We’re still adding to this already-long list of who’s open to offer takeout/delivery.

FINANCIALLY HURTING? Here’s an updated city list of resources, with more promised.

CLOSING THE PRECINCT: In recent years, Seattle Police have kept precinct lobbies open to the public around the clock. Now, the outbreak has closed them.

INFO TO SHARE? or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

CORONAVIRUS: Second COVID-19 case reported at Bridge Park

Multiple Bridge Park families have told us tonight that the senior-living complex’s owners, Holiday Retirement, have notified them of a second COVID-19 case there. Here’s the letter they received:

(The second page is here.) This would be the third publicly disclosed case in West Seattle, after the first one at Bridge Park (last Thursday) and one at South Seattle College announced a week ago. No further details on any of the patients or how they’re doing.

OTHER BUSINESSES: Let us know what you’re doing, too

Though we’ve spent much of this day assembling a list of West Seattle food/beverage businesses that are shifting to all-takeout/delivery per the new health orders, we’re being asked about other types of businesses too – so let us know how yours is (or isn’t) operating right now, and whether – even if you’re not open – there’s anything customers can still do (online shopping, gift cards, advance appointments) – or text/voice 206-203-6302 – thank you!

ANOTHER MEAL OPTION: What Dream Dinners-West Seattle is offering

Maybe you’d like to cook in your own kitchen but you’re not into frozen food or DIY. So here’s another option – from Meghan at longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners-West Seattle:

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have discontinued meal assembly sessions (where customers come in at an appointed time and assemble their own meals) and have shifted entirely to our “Made for You” service where our staff preps the meals for guests to take home and prepare. We are waiving the standard fee for that service through the month of April. We are also offering our customers a curbside pick-up option for the rest of March and for April.

Although we are not a restaurant, we do provide meal solutions for our community and would love to get the word out that we are open and here to help. Customers can order six large-sized meals (feed 4-6 per meal) or twelve medium-sized meals (feed 2-3 per meal) or a combination thereof to provide a month’s worth of “homemade, made easy” meals. We also have side dishes that can be added on to an order. More details are on our website or customers can call our store at 206-938-5999.

Dream Dinners is at 4701 41st SW, on the outer east side of Jefferson Square.

WHO’S OPEN: West Seattle restaurants, coffee shops, other beverage businesses … updates!

FEBRUARY 9, 2022 NOTE: This is out of date – working on updating but no ETA.

(DECEMBER 20, 2021, NOTE – We’re updating all this yet again. If your venue is not fully updated below, please email, text, or call with the latest – thank you!)

UPDATED INTRODUCTION: Thanks to everyone who has contributed, especially the proprietors who have contacted us directly –, text/voice: 206-293-6302. (Note: Business names are hotlinked to their websites except for those for which we couldn’t find websites.)

ADMIRAL PUB: Sports on 12 TVs with sound on for Mariners, Sounders, Seahawks. Pinball. Admiral Pub has 15 awesome pinball machines that are available in 2 sections. One in the front and one in the back. We view them like table reservations. So if you want to play pinball please call the bar or talk to your bartender. To order food to go, call 206-933-9500 or order online. (2306 California SW)

314 PIE: Online ordering for weekly deliveries in our area (and others).

AGAVE COCINA: Takeout, curbside pickup, outdoor covered seating available. (4725 42nd SW)

A LA MODE PIES: Open for takeout, with online ordering. (4225 SW Alaska)

ALKI BEACH CAFE: Takeout and online ordering available. (2726 Alki SW)

ALKI BEACH PUB: Heated outdoor seating available. 206-932-7935. (2722 Alki SW)

ALKI MAIL AND DISPATCH: Coffee bar. (4701 SW Admiral Way)

THE ALLEY: Bar. 206-937-1110. (4509 California SW, back entrance from alley)

ANJU: Online ordering available. (9641 15th SW, White Center)

AMPERSAND CAFE : Coffee shop. 206-466-5254. (2536 Alki SW)

A PIZZA MART: 206-932-5350. (9452 35th SW)

ARTHUR’S: Covered outdoor seating available. 206-829-8235. (2311 California SW)

ATHENA’S: Truck. Phone orders can be placed at 206 249-7662. (9833 17th SW)

AZUMA SUSHI: Open for takeout. 206-937-1148. (4533 California SW)

BAKED: Cakes! Online ordering available. (2604 California SW)

BAKERY NOUVEAU: Online ordering available. (4737 California SW)

BANG BAR THAI: Open for takeout with online ordering and curbside pickup. 206-935-8888. (4750 California SW)

BEBOP WAFFLE SHOP: Limited outdoor seating available. (California/Admiral)

BEDHEAD COFFEE: Outdoor seating available. (1513 SW Holden)

BEER JUNCTION: The Beer Junction is open for sales of bottles/cans of beer from our retail section and growlers or crowlers to-go of draft beer. Contactless curbside pickup is also available by shopping on our web store. Our hours are: Tuesday-Saturday: Noon to 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am to 8 pm, Monday: Closed (4511 California SW)

BE’S RESTAURANT:. Open Tues-Sun 8 am–2 pm. 206-937-1110. (4509 California SW)

BEST OF HANDS BARRELHOUSE: Outdoor service as weather permits. Food-truck visits. (7500 35th SW)

BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB: Go to to see our menus.”] Outdoor seating. (6413 California SW)

BIN 41: Wine shop open for curbside pickup. (4707 California SW)

BIZZARRO ITALIAN CAFE: Now open in White Center. (9635 16th SW)

BLUE MOON BURGERS: Open for takeout, online ordering, outdoor seating. (2504 Alki SW)

BOSS DRIVE-IN: Pickup. Outdoor seating. (9061 Delridge Way SW)

BOX BAR: Takeout and in-house delivery. Wed-Sat 4-8 pm, Sunday brunch 10-2. (California/Brandon)

BUDDHA RUKSA THAI: Open for takeout. 206.937.7676 (3520 SW Genesee)

C & P COFFEE COMPANY: Open 7 am-6 pm daily for window service (on the alley side) – outdoor seating front, back, north sides. (5612 California SW)

CACTUS: Online ordering for takeout. (2820 Alki SW)

CAFE MIA: Please text 616-818-2183 for orders, (4310 SW Oregon)

CAFFE LADRO: Open, takeout, outdoor seating. (7011 California SW)

CAN BAR: Open for takeout, online ordering. (9427 17th SW)


CHELAN CAFE: The Chelan Cafe will be staying open for outdoor service (and takeout). We have a new outdoor, heated lounge that will be open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. Food is available for patio dining and takeout until 1 pm with drinks being served until 11 pm. (3527 Chelan SW)

CHRISTO’S ON ALKI: Open for takeout, curbside pickup, online ordering through website or Chow Now, Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates. Monday-Friday: 4 pm-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-9 pm (2508 Alki SW)

CIRCA: Open for takeout. Call ahead at strong>206-923-1102. (2605 California SW)

COASTLINE BURGERS: Order ahead at, or swing by to place your order at the store! (4444 California Ave SW)

COLD CRASH BREWING: Temporarily closed. (4507 48th SW)

COPPER COIN: Takeout. Order ahead at (2329 California SW)

CORNER POCKET: Reopened May 4, 2021, with limited food menu. 2 pm to 11 pm Monday-=Thursday, 2 pm to midnight Friday, Saturday, Sunday. (California/Alaska, downstairs)

CRAWFISH HOUSE: Open for takeout206-588-1613. Monday-Thursday: 2 pm-9 pm, Friday-Sunday: 2 pm-10 pm. “We have a “Clover” app for ordering/paying online, for everyone’s convenience of health safety.” (9826 16th SW, White Center)

CUPCAKE ROYALE: Open, takeout available. (California/Alaska)

DARBY WINERY: Our West Seattle Tasting Room will be open for take-away and pickup Wed-Sun 12-6 pm (bottles and growler fills). Customers can order online. Also doing complimentary local delivery in the West Seattle neighborhood on 6+-bottle purchases. (California/Alaska)

DREAM DINNERS WEST SEATTLE: Book “Made For You” pickup here. (4701 41st SW)

DUBSEA COFFEE: Open for takeout. Online ordering. 7 am-2 pm weekdays, 8 am-3 pm weekends. (9910 8th SW)

DUKE’S CHOWDER HOUSE: Alki location temporarily closed. (2516 Alki SW)

DUMPLINGS OF FURY: Open for takeout/delivery. Hours, menu, ordering online. (4302 SW Oregon)

EASY STREET CAFE: Easy Street Cafe will be open 7 am-3 pm, 7 days a week for takeout. Walk in, or call ahead. Delivery is also offered through Doordash (they take a cut, so pick up if you can). Both breakfast or lunch available anytime between those hours. 206-938-EASY. (California/Alaska)


ELLIOTT BAY BREWING:206-932-8695 (4720 California SW)

EMERALD KITTY CAFE: Open for pick-up coffee. Online ordering. (3422 Harbor SW)

ENDOLYNE JOE’S: Will reopen February 16, 11 am-8 pm weekdays, 8 am-8 pm weekends, with in-house dining and curbside pickup. (9261 45th SW)

EPHESUS: (5245 California SW)

FALAFEL SALAM: Online ordering available @ for pick-up. Phone (206) FALAFEL.” (4746 California SW)

FIT BAR: Open for takeout. Online ordering via website. (2222 California SW)

FLYING APRON: Open for pickup; delivery via DoorDash. (4709 California SW)

FRESHY’S COFFEE: 3/31 update – “West Seattle Freshy’s is open for take-out. Online ordering.” Famous for soup as well as beverages. (2735 California SW)

FRESH FLOURS BAKERY AND CAFE: Open for takeout. Online ordering. (9410 Delridge Way SW)

GOOD DAY DONUTS: Check website for pre-order and pickup info. (9823 15th SW)

GREAT AMERICAN DINER AND BAR: Take-out/delivery. 425-417-6797. (4752 California SW)

GREENBRIDGE CAFE: Open for takeout, and, ” We also deliver thru Postmates and Door Dash!” 206-762-3447 (9901 8th SW)

GRILLBIRD TERIYAKI: To-go orders. 206-402-4388. Also online ordering. (6501 35th SW)

GYRO HEROES: Takeout/delivery. 206-457-4140. (4111 SW Admiral Way)

HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE: Now also open for weekend brunch 10 am-2:30 pm. Outdoor enclosed patio dining. 206-513-6297. (2676 Alki SW)

HAYMAKER: (4706 California SW)

HEARTBEET ORGANIC SUPERFOODS CAFE POP-UP: 100% plant-based and gluten-free. Online ordering, or call and place phone orders at 206-486-4606. (6032 California SW)


HOTWIRE COFFEE: (4410 California SW)

HUSKY DELI: 206-937-2810. (4721 California SW)

IL NIDO: (2717 61st SW)

INDULGE DESSERTS: We offer curbside pickup, takeout and delivery via Grubhub. You can even get your wine to go! 206 428-8581 (35th/Henderson)

IRASHAI: 4-9 pm Mondays-Saturdays, closed Sundays. Takeout. Online ordering. 206-582-2033. (2352 California SW)

IT’S BBQ TIME IN THE KITCHEN: Noon-9 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. 206-588-2242. (2738 Alki SW)

ITTO’S TAPAS: Delivery, takeout & limited outdoor seating, 4-8 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 4-9 pm Fridays and Saturdays, closed Sundays. 206-504-9510 See the menu on the restaurant’s website. (4160 California SW)

JAK’S GRILL: Takeout and delivery. Order online or 206-937-7809. Open 11:30 am – 8 pm weekdays, 10 am-8 pm Saturdays-Sundays. (4548 California SW)

JET CITY BEIGNET: Beignets and coffee at various pop-up events – check their calendar for where to find them next.

JONES BARBECUE: 11 am-9 pm Monday, Wednesday-Saturday; noon-8 pm Sunday. Closed Tuesday. Menu here. (4417 fauntleroy Way SW)

KAMEI JAPANESE RESTAURANT: Call 206-923-1000. (4512 California SW)

KICKDOWN CAFE: Monday and Wednesday 11 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-12 pm. The Kickdown is located in Nepenthe. We have window service for coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks, ALL FREE. Outside distanced seating. (9447 35th Ave SW)

KIZUKI: Takeout. Online ordering. Sundays-Thursdays 11 am-9:30 pm, Fridays-Saturdays 11 am-10 pm. (4203 SW Alaska)

LADY JAYE: Closed through January 12. Then: We are open Wed-Sun from 4 pm-830 pm and do seatings on the (heated) patio at 4 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:15 pm. Reservations: We still have takeout (here). And we are currently doing Postmates delivery Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun. 206-457-4029. (4523 California SW)

LARRY’S TAVERN: Temporarily closed. (3405 California SW)

LA RUSTICA: Patio. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5-9 pm, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm. (4100 Beach Drive SW)

LAS PALMAS CUBAN AND CARIBBEAN CUISINE: Located at KBM Commissary Kitchen. Pick up side window. Call 206-530-6609. Order online Ubereats, Doordash, or Grubhub. (5604 Delridge Way SW)

LEE’S ASIAN RESTAURANT: Takeout. 11 am-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; closed Tuesdays; 11 am-10 pm Fridays-Saturdays; noon-9:30 pm Sundays. 206-932-8209. (4510 California SW)

LI’L WOODY’S: Noon-8 pm daily. Order by phone 206-403-1294 or online at No walk-up ordering. (16th/98th, White Center)

LITTLE PRAGUE BAKERY: 8 am-3 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. (6045 California SW)

LOCOL BARLEY & VINE: 4-9 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. Covered, heated outdoor seating. (7902 35th SW)

LOCUST CIDER ON ALKI: Open 4-9 Wednesdays-Sundays, some outdoor seating. (2820 Alki SW)

LUCIANO’S PIZZA: Open for takeout and delivery, 10 am-10 pm daily. 206-933-1193. (2341 California SW)

LUNA PARK CAFE: Open for takeout, 7 days a week from 8 am till 9 pm . Call 206-935-7250 or delivery via Doordash. (2918 SW Avalon Way)

MAHARAJA: Takeout and delivery, now open 11 am-1 am 7 days a week. 206-935-9443. (4542 California SW)

MA’ONO: Takeout/Delivery via website. 5-8 pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, 4-7 pm Sundays. (4437 California SW)

MARINATION MA KAI: 11 am-8 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am-8 pm Fridays-Sundays. Takeout and delivery. Menu here. (1660 Harbor SW)

MASHIKO: Takeout/delivery. Call 206-935-4339, open 5-9 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. (4725 California SW)

MATADOR: The Matador’s new hours for delivery and carryout are Sunday through Thursday 12 PM – 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 12 PM – 10 PM. You can call 206-932-9988 for pickup, or order online here for pickup or delivery. (4546 California SW)

MENCHIE’S ADMIRAL: 1-9 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 1-10 pm Fridays-Saturdays. (2620 California SW)

MIOPOSTO: Open for takeout and outdoor dining on new covered patio from 11:30-9:00 pm daily (Friday and Saturday till 10 pm). Online ordering system here: (2139 California SW)

MISSION CANTINA: Patio. 206-937-8220. (2325 California SW)

MOD PIZZA: Open for to-go, both locations. Sundays-Wednesdays 10:30 am-10 pm, Thursdays-Saturdays 10:30 am-11 pm. Online ordering available. (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW + Westwood Village)

MOONSHOT COFFEE: “Open from 7 am-6 pm every day, serving takeaway coffee, pastries, and fresh food along with retail bags of coffee, brewing equipment, and cozy White Center merchandise.” Only one walk-up customer in the shop at a time, but if you order online in advance, your order will be waiting, so come right in. (9622 16th SW, White Center)

NEW LEAF BISTRO: 206.938.3681. (2342 California SW)

NEW LUCK TOY: (5905 California SW)

NEW TERIYAKI & WOK: 206-932-4572. (6540 California SW)

NIKKO TERIYAKI: Open for takeout. 11 am-9 pm Mondays-Saturdays. 206-937-8374. (4710 42nd SW)

9TH & HENNEPIN DONUTS: Updates online. (5604 Delridge Way SW)

THE NOOK: (2206 California SW)


OH’S SANDWICHES: (3217 California SW)

OLYMPIA COFFEE: (3840 California SW)

OLYMPIA PIZZA: Pickup and delivery. 206-933-7550. (5605 Delridge Way SW)

OUNCES: Covered outdoor service. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

PAGLIACCI PIZZA: Open for takeout and delivery. Order online or by phone, 206-726-1717. (4444 California SW)

PATRICK’S CAFE AND BAKERY: 10 am-2 pm Thursday-Sunday, closed Monday-Wednesday. 206-582-1880‬ (10003 15th SW, White Center)

PEARL’S: Coffee, tea, sandwiches. Takeout, outdoor seating. 206-937-6036. (4800 Delridge Way SW)

PECOS PIT BBQ: 11 am-10 pm every day. Drive-thru, takeout, delivery. Online ordering. (35th/Fauntleroy)

PEEL & PRESS: Takeout, UberEats delivery. 4-9 pm nightly. 206-937-1457. (6503 California SW)

PEGASUS PIZZA: Takeout, delivery. Check on outdoor-dining status. 11 am-10 pm daily except 11 am-11 pm Fridays-Saturdays. 206-932-4849. (2768 Alki SW)

PEPPERDOCK: Open for takeout. Noon-8 pm daily. 206-935-1000. (2618 Alki SW)

PHO AROMA: Noon-7 pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. 206-932-4343. (Delridge/Findlay)

PHOENECIA: Open for takeout/delivery Tuesday-Thursday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, closed Sunday-Monday. Also: Lunch 11 am-3 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. Patio. 206-492-5694. View our full menu at (4717 42nd SW)

PIZZERIA 22: Opens at 4 pm. Takeout or delivery. 206-687-7701. (4213 SW College)

PIZZERIA CREDO: Call 206-402-3784. (4520 California SW)

POGGIE: Temporarily closed. (4717 California SW)

PROLETARIAT PIZZA: Monday-Thursday 4-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 12 pm-11 pm, Sunday 12-9 pm. 206.432.9765. (9622 16th SW)

PUERTO VALLARTA: Now open. 206-937-7335. (4727 California SW)

RACCOLTO: Open 4-9 pm nightly for takeout. Menus on Instagram. (4147 California SW)

REALFINE COFFEE: Open for takeout. Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 1 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 7 AM – 1 PM. (4480 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SALTY’S ON ALKI: Outdoor dining & takeout. Check here for current hours. (1936 Harbor SW)

SEATTLE FISH COMPANY: Takeout, some outdoor seating. Monday-Saturday 11 am-9 pm, Sunday 11 am-8 pm. (4435 California SW)

SEATTLE LOTUS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT: Takeout, 11 am-9 pm daily. 206-466-6345. (10439 16th Ave SW, White Center)

SHADOWLAND: 3-10 pm daily, food & drink for takeout/delivery/limited patio seating. (California/Oregon)

SKYLARK: Full menu and bar available with no-contact ordering and payment available. Outdoor seating. Current menu is available at 4-10 pm Tuesdays-Thursdays, 3-10 pm Fridays-Saturdays, 3-8 pm Sundays, closed Mondays. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SOPRANO’S ANTICO: 4-10 pm weekdays, 3-10 pm weekends. 206-596-3999. (2348 California SW)

SOUND & FOG: Continuing to-go-only service every day from 7 am-5:30 pm with ample coffee, whole bean and wine rotating weekly. More information about retail offerings and webstore at” (4735 40th SW)

SPIRO’S PIZZA: Open for dinner takeout, 4-8 pm daily. 206-932-5100. (3401 California SW)

SPRING HOUSE THAI: Open for takeout. Call for hours. 206-937-8807. (2223 California SW)

SPUD FISH AND CHIPS: Takeout, online ordering, third-party delivery. 11 am-9 pm daily. (2666 Alki SW)

SRIVILAI THAI: (3247 California SW)

STARBUCKS: Check website for individual stores’ hours.

SUB SHOP WESTWOOD VILLAGE: Walk-in to-go orders, call-ahead orders 206-932-1709, and delivery via Doordash and Uber Eats. (9031 25th SW)

SUBWAY: The four Subway sandwich shops on Delridge Way SW, on 16th Ave SW in White Center, on West Marginal Way SW in Highland Park and on 4th Ave S. in Georgetown are all open for to go, pickup and delivery orders!

SUNFISH: (2800 Alki SW)

SUPREME: (4521 California SW)

SWAGG-N-WAGON: Food truck. Fried chicken, collard greens, waffle fries. Hours vary. Walk up or order by phone. 206-819-8256. (4514 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SWINERY: 206-932-4211. (California/Hanford)

TACO TIME NW: (35th/Fauntleroy)

TALARICO’S PIZZA: Takeout and delivery. Online ordering. 3-9 pm weekdays, noon-9 pm weekends. (4718 California SW)

TAT’S TRUCK: (Locations vary, see calendar on website)

THAN BROTHERS PHO: 206-937-6264. (4822 California SW)

THE BIRDHOUSE: Mondays 6 am-2 pm, Tuesdays-Fridays 6 am-5 pm, weekends 7 am-5 pm. 206-466-2739. (3507 SW Henderson)

THE BRIDGE: Patio. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 pm – 9 pm. Thursday 4 pm – 11. Friday 4 pm – 12 am. Saturday 9 am – 12 am and Sunday from 9 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. (California/Graham)

THE GOOD SOCIETY: (2701 California SW)


THE MISSING PIECE: Coffee, tea, treats. (35th/Roxbury)


THE SPOT WEST SEATTLE: Patio. Call or text orders: 425-298-3292. (2920 SW Avalon Way)

THE WESTY: 206-937-8977. (7908 35th SW)

TIN DOG BREWING: (309 S. Cloverdale, South Park)

T’JUANA TACOS: “Farmers Market Food Vendor operating out of KBM Commissary Kitchen. Call for hours: 206-619-8125. Online order: ubereats & Doordash. Or order through website and pick up at KBM sidewalk window (5600 Delridge Way SW)

TOSHI’S TERIYAKI: 206-937-9442. (9029 25th SW)

TUXEDOS AND TENNIS SHOES: Check online for current to-go offerings. (9131 California SW)

2 FINGERS SOCIAL: Covered outdoor service. (9211 Delridge Way SW)

UNCLE EDDIE’S: 206-686-3254. (8601 14th Ave. S., South Park)

UNWIND CAFE: Coffee, tea, bagel sandwiches. 206.350.0987. (1619 Harbor SW)

UPTOWN ESPRESSO: (California/Edmunds, Delridge/Andover)

VATSANA THAI: 206-937-2794. (9025 25th SW)

VISCON CELLARS: 206-419-0468. Delivery available. (5910 California SW)

WANNA TERIYAKI AND BURGER: Open for takeout, 206-402-5218; delivery via DoorDash and GrubHub. (1513 SW Holden)

WELCOME ROAD WINERY: Patio seating. (California/Charlestown)

WEST 5: Has online ordering for takeout. Also available via Postmates. Or call 206-935-1966. (4533 California SW)

WEST BAY COFFEE AND SMOOTHIES: Drive-up beverages. (2255 Harbor SW)

WEST OF CHICAGO PIZZA COMPANY: Reopening December 2nd. At Delridge’s KBM Commissary 206-339-DEEP. Order online. (5604 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE BREWING: Potential frequent changes, so check online for newest info or email (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE CELLARS: Customers can call 206-937-2868 during business hours to place orders for curbside service. (6026 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE GROUNDS: 206-708-1018 or online. (2141 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE LOCAL FOODS: Commercial kitchen’s tenants selling their food for pickup. You can order online via this website. (4611 36th SW)

WHISKY WEST: 206-556-2134. (6451 California SW)

WILDWOOD MARKET: Online ordering here. (9214 45th SW)

YEN WOR VILLAGE: 206-932-1455. (2300 California SW)


YOUNGSTOWN COFFEE COMPANY: Online ordering here. (6032 California SW)

ZEEKS PIZZA: Order online, by app, or by phone 206-285-8646. (California/Fauntleroy)

ZIPPY’S GIANT BURGERS: Phone orders at 206-763-1347 (9614 14th SW, White Center)

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VIDEO: King County Executive, governor, and others discuss newest orders

(Archived video of today’s briefing)
11:10 AM: King County Executive Dow Constantine – and others – are giving a briefing on the newest orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including what was announced last night. We’ll add notes as this goes (and will replace the live-video window with the archived recording afterward – 1:26 PM UPDATE – archived video above). We’re listening in on a phone line – the video is lagging – so our notes are coming from that audio.

“We are at a critical moment in this crisis,” says Constantine. Briefings yesterday made it clear that “new social distancing orders” were needed, “serious actions not taken lightly. … It is time right now for people to assume that they and everyone they meet has been infected.” He urges everyone to “self-quarantine” for the next 2 weeks if they can. And he says he “appreciate(s) the anxiety” felt by so many, including businesses. He urges people to support local restaurants/coffee shops “at a safe distance” and to donate to arts organizations.

11:20 AM: Governor Inslee speaks now. So far, nothing beyond what was announced last night. “This is bigger than all of us,” he says. “All of us have to recognize for the next several weeks that ‘normal’ is not in our game plan.” He adds, “Hours count … this is our only weapon available to us right now … distancing ourselves from almost everyone else in the state of Washington.”

Other types of businesses aren’t being closed but must designate somebody as a “social distancing officer.” He also stresses “the supply chains are strong” but reiterates the plea not to hoard so that everyone can get what they need. Child-care and day-care facilities are on the list of what can remain open, he notes. While gatherings of 50+ are banned, he urges leaders of organizations to not have meetings of ANY size. And don’t be within 6 feet of anyone. He also says he’s talked to the White House about upping the allotment of personal-protection systems to “facilitate Washington getting” (more of it).

11:31 AM: The governor is wrapping by saying he’s proud of what Washngtonians are doing so far. “We ARE going to get through this.” He hands the mic to Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. He says all the orders are “science-based” and urges taking them seriously “even if you don’t know anybody who’s sick.”

(Note: Vimeo’s livestream is having some trouble so if you are seeing glitches, here’s a KING feed – the only TV camera allowed into the briefing.)

Dr. Jeff Duchin from Seattle-King County Public Health speaks next. He says cases are expected to double every 5 to 7 days – unless this “decisive action” is taken, and people take it seriously. He warns that slowing the spread is vital to keep the health-care system from being overwhelmed. He says even young and healthy people have to practice distancing, to avoid spreading it to others.”The actions we are taking today are going to affect our community weeks and months from now.” He says that hospitals and emergency rooms are showing an increase in patients already. He reiterates the orders first announced last night.

11:42 AM: The briefing has gone to Q&A. The first question is about more help for workers who lose jobs/pay. Inslee says they “absolutely … should look at” expanding unemployment compensation.” He says he “wouldn’t be opposed to” the suggestion of federal payments to people but thinks the system has “existing” ways to help. Second question, what about people experiencing homelessness? Constantine says they’re “deintensifying” shelters so there’s safe spacing. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks next and says they’re working to get more shelter available for more people. But the city will need additional state and federal resources. Third question: What’ll happen if someone defies these orders? Inslee says he believes people will do the right thing, but “if there’s a willful disregard” an injunction could be sought (plus, it’s a crime). Fourth question: Will mortgage, car payments, etc. be suspended? Inslee says there’s nothing to announce, yet, “we’ll have more to say in the upcoming days.” Fifth question: what indicators will you look for when deciding whether to lift this? Duchin says, “We won’t be able to look at the numbers of cases two weeks from now and know whether this is effective” – because there’s a delay – “We’ll be primarlly evaluating the logistical issues” and whether people are complying. Sixth question is about the new quarantine facilities in Issaquah and Bellevue, and whether the National Guard will be needed to guard these facilities. Constantine says they’ll need more before infections peak in six to eight weeks. “It is a fact we’re going to need outside help to staff them … whether that’s the National Guard or people from nonprofit organization,” they’ll need help. SKCPH is still working on those plans. Another question: With older and at-risk people being asked to self-isolate, why are large shelters still open? SKCPH says they’re working with shelter operators. Constantine brings up the added space announced a few days ago at Boeing Field.

In wrapup remarks, Mayor Durkan says they’re still talking about whether additional restrictions will be needed. She also notes that the health-care system needs to retain capacity for other health problems, not just COVID-19. Constantine reiterates that it’s OK to go out and walk, ride your bike, run, but please check in on others via phone and online. (He mentions his parents learning to use video phoning to stay in touch with their 5-year-old granddaughter.)

12:10 PM: Briefing over. We’ll add the archived video above when available. Again – no new restrictions beyond what was announced last night.

1:26 PM: Archived video now in the window above.

FOOD: Reminder – Seattle Public Schools offering pick-up lunches for students starting today

March 16, 2020 9:54 am
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As previously reported, Seattle Public Schools is offering free sack lunches during the extended closure. Starting today, 5 sites in West Seattle/South Park, and 21 others around the city, “will provide lunches for ALL Seattle Public Schools students Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.” See the full list here; the local sites are:

Concord International Elementary School
723 S Concord St
Enter and exit through doors facing Concord Street of enclosed hallway connecting cafeteria and main building. Cafeteria will be immediately to the left upon entry.

Denny International Middle School
2601 SW Kenyon St
Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

Chief Sealth International High School
2600 SW Thistle St
Enter and exit through galleria doors on either south or north side of building.

West Seattle Elementary School
6760 34th Ave SW
Enter and exit through main entrance on north side of building. After taking a right, the lunchroom will be on the left.

West Seattle High School
3000 California Ave SW< Enter and exit through courtyard doors on west side of building facing California Avenue. Cafeteria will be across the hall on toward the left.

If you are in the Highline district (south of Seattle), free-lunch info is here.

HELP MAKE THE LIST: Restaurants, beverage places offering pickup/delivery

7:56 AM: Since last night’s announcement that food/beverage places have to close unless they can offer pickup/delivery, we’ve had lots of requests to publish a list of who in West Seattle will be doing that. We started checking websites and social-media channels for local establishments but that’s taking a lot of time and (understandably) not everyone has updated. So we’re asking for YOUR help – if you have a restaurant or coffee/beverage business, please send us your info – or if you’ve seen info, let us know! Email, text or call 206-293-6302, or comment below – thank you!

10:16 AM: Thanks for the help. We’re still building this and right after the governor/executive’s briefing (now set for 11 am), we’ll publish what we have, and keep adding to it.

CLOSURE: West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA, per new orders

With Sunday night’s closure orders including “health and fitness clubs,” the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) announced late tonight that it’s temporarily closed. The new orders mandate closure through at least month’s end. The Y promises more info soon via this page.

CORONAVIRUS: The Sunday 3/15 roundup – new business orders from the state and county, and more …

After one day with no big announcements – that changed tonight. Here’s the nightly roundup:

GOVERNOR’S NEW ORDERS, AND MORE: We published these as soon as we received the first email, and you can read it on Gov. Jay Inslee‘s website too:

… “I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted.

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.” …

As we wrote this, the King County Executive’s Office sent further information that we’ve added to the same story saying health and fitness clubs and theaters are also part of the order, as well as what the governor mentioned. More details are promised tomorrow at 10:30 am; we will carry whatever livestream is offered (added: here’s the link).

TODAY’S KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the daily Seattle-King County Public Health update:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/14/20

420 confirmed cases (up 32 from yesterday)
37 confirmed deaths (up 2 from yesterday)

Deaths being reported today include:

A woman in her 60s, a Life Care Center resident, who died at Franciscan Medical on 3/14
A woman in her 70s, a Life Care Center resident, who died on 3/12

Of the 37 deaths reported in King County, 29 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: Find them here.

DONATE BLOOD IF YOU CAN: Today’s SKCPH update also carried the warning that the “local blood supply (is) in danger of collapse”:

Growing COVID-19 concerns and closures have led to canceled blood drives and 2500 lost donations, putting our local blood supply in danger of collapse. While inventories are now holding steady as faithful donors and first-time donors respond to the urgent need, donations will continue to drop in the days and weeks to come.

New donors are needed now to step-up and save a life, and for donors to make this a generous and consistent habit. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases, and many other situations. The process only takes an hour and actual donation time is about 10 minutes.

Donating blood is a safe activity, and there is no risk of contracting coronavirus from the blood donation process.

To find out how, where, and when to donate, see the Bloodworks Northwest website.

HOW TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS, SAFELY: Print out this new guide.

SCHOOL LUNCHES START TOMORROW: Reminder that tomorrow is the first day lunches will be provided to all Seattle Public Schools students who need them, grab-and-go style – 11 am-1 pm weekdays – here’s our story with the West Seattle locations.

WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE DELAYED: Ridership is down and the annual change to 7-day-a-week service will be pushed back at least a month.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR HELP: WSB always has been a community-collaborative news outlet. Your help matters more than ever – tips, links, what you’re seeing, what you’re hearing. That includes who’s open, how to help, who needs help, what you’re trying to find out but not seeing … or text/voice 206-293-6302 as always.

CORONAVIRUS: Governor orders restaurants, bars to do takeout/delivery only; King County issues other new orders

7:30 PM: Just announced:

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight that further expands protections against COVID-19.

“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted.

“The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy.

“Additionally, all gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited and all gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met.

“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus. I know there will be significant economic impacts to all our communities and we are looking at steps to help address those challenges.

“Tonight, after consultations with me and with the Department of Health, King County announced that they will be taking these actions immediately. King County has been the hotbed of this outbreak and has the largest population center in the state. I have spoken to Executive Dow Constantine and I applaud their decision to act quickly. We will do a joint media announcement with more details tomorrow morning.”

8:52 PM: More in a separate annoouncement from King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office

To limit the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Constantine and Dr. Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directed public health actions effective Monday, March 16.

All gatherings with more than 50 participants are prohibited until further notice.

All gatherings of 50 participants and below are prohibited until further notice unless previously announced criteria for hygiene and social distancing are met.

Restaurants, bars, dance halls, clubs, theaters, health and fitness clubs, and other similar indoor social or recreational venues must cease operations until March 31, 2020.

Restaurants and food service establishments may remain open only for drive-through, delivery, and pick-up only, until March 31, 2020.

All other retail such as groceries, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, hardware stores, shopping centers, etc. may remain open provided they meet Public Health directives in the previous Local Health Order

The Local Health Order was drafted in coordination with state health officials.

Gov. Inslee and Executive Constantine are scheduling a media availability for March 16 to discuss more about what King County is doing, and the Governor will explain statewide actions. Details to come.

“We are at a critical moment in this crisis. We are leaving the phase of COVID-19 outbreaks in concentrated areas of the county, and entering the phase of potentially rapid and widespread infection,” said Executive Constantine.

“It is time, right now, for people to assume that they and everyone they meet is infected, to avoid any unnecessary interactions that might lead to further infection, and to wait and monitor to see if they have in fact been infected so that they can isolate and recover without presenting a risk to others.

“Go to work if you must. But hunker down if you are able. Postpone anything you can. Treat the next two weeks as a period of self-quarantine, to protect yourself and the lives and health of your loved ones and the entire community.”

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Today’s briefing time has been delayed to 11 am.

SPRING: Alice Enevoldsen’s season-change sunset watch goes online

March 15, 2020 7:12 pm
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(Photo by Scott Scowcroft – Alice’s spring-equinox sunset watch in March 2019)

Virus or no virus, the earth keeps turning, and spring will arrive this Thursday (March 19th). Like many other events, West Seattle astronomy educator Alice Enevoldsen‘s change-of-seasons sunset watch will go online this time around. Alice says you’re invited to join it via Zoom – 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursday. She will post the link here (and of course we’ll remind you too) that day.

BIZNOTES: What Salty’s on Alki and Arthur’s want you to know about their restaurants

Two more restaurants have shared their messages to you about ways you can keep safely getting their delicious food while this goes on.

first, from Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor):

We have created a To-Go Menu allowing our guests to do curbside pickup! The simply need to call 206-937-1600 and let us know if they will pick up in restaurant or outside. To add to this, ALL KIDS EAT FREE with order of an adult entrée (this applies to the to-go menu). Please see menu attached (PDF).

We have adjusted hours at Alki, see new times below:

Dinner Hours
Mon-Thurs 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri-Sat 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lunch Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Midday Hours
Mon-Fri 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Brunch Hours
Saturday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
*Alki closes briefly between brunch and dinner on Saturdays from 1:30 pm-4:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:30 pm-4:00 pm.

Mon-Thurs 11:30 am – 8:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon-Fri 5:00 pm – Close
Sat & Sun 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Salty’s also has a variety of specials. The restaurant is at 1936 Harbor SW.

We’ve also heard from Arthur’s (2311 California SW):

As we all know, the impact of COVID-19 has had a devastating effect within our community. People are sick, people are panicking, people are shutting down. We want everyone to stay safe, and as such, we have taken every precaution available to us to ensure the health and safety of each of our guests that are forging on and coming out to dine with us. Hourly cleaning and sanitizing schedules, combined with our house made sanitizers at every table, alcohol wipes available upon request, hand washing and sanitizing stations in each bathroom, as well as an over abundance of cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces and door handles, makes Arthur’s an incredibly safe space to visit.

As well, we know how tough it has been on our families with children out of school for the next month, at minimum. We understand how difficult it can be to prepare food for everyone every day this pandemic carries on, and we want to help. Starting today we will be offering a free kid’s meal to every parent who purchases an adult entree. We want our parents to know we can help them during these tough times, both with nourishing food and a safe place to escape the isolation that comes with our current situation.

In addition, if guests are concerned about coming into the store, we’re offering curbside service to anyone who wants to order food to go. Just let us know you’d like to take advantage of the offer when you call in – 206-829-8235 – and we’ll get your payment squared away and have instructions as to where to park—the perks of having a parking lot out back are shining bright!

What’s YOUR business doing – delivery, pickup, online, phone, text, gift cards, etc.? Keep letting us know – or text/voice 206-293-6302 – thank you!

PRINT THIS: Guide to safely helping, checking on neighbors

For everyone who is ready to help … the best place to start is your own immediate neighborhood, especially if you know of older or otherwise high-risk people who live nearby. In that spirit, volunteers have developed a guide for what to do to avoid inadvertently spreading the virus (or any others) while you’re getting or receiving help. Thanks to Cindi Barker of the Neighborhood Emergency Hubs for sharing this. We suggest printing if you can (here’s the PDF version).

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: Spring schedule change postponed; ridership down

March 15, 2020 12:30 pm
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(WSB photo from earlier this week, MV Doc Maynard at Seacrest)

The West Seattle Water Taxi was originally supposed to change to the 7-day-a-week spring/summer schedule one week from tomorrow. But that’s now delayed at least a month. Here’s what the King County Department of Transportation says:

We will now postpone the start of peak season service and reevaluate a new start date in one month. We’ll maintain our current winter schedule through April 20, 2020, continuing to provide morning and afternoon commute service from downtown to and from West Seattle and Vashon Island.

Our ridership has decreased 23 percent over the last two weeks as more people are practicing social distancing by staying home or telecommuting. Our vessels are not at capacity and riders who do come on board are able to maintain safe distance in accordance with Public Health guidelines. At this point, it is not a good use of taxpayer resources to add additional service.

Running commute and peak service requires more crew, and we must preserve our crew in order to maintain core commute service in the event that our workforce is affected by COVID-19.

At this time, the water taxi team does not intend to reduce service beyond current service levels.

Most immediately, we’re putting safety first by cleaning and disinfecting our vessels several times daily, including sanitization of handrails, tabletops and seats.

Wondering just how much ridership has dropped? Some stats on both the Water Taxi and Metro buses were published Friday. Between March 2nd and March 12th, daily ridership fell by almost two-thirds.

HELPING, & HOW TO HELP: Lafayette Elementary PTA offers books, games, toys

11:51 AM: The photo and announcement are from the Lafayette Elementary PTA in The Admiral District:

Lafayette Elementary families have been donating food, books and games for our community. All are located in tubs in the front of our school daily M-F from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. We’d like to invite anyone in need to visit and to help themselves. If you would like more information, you can email the PTA at

Lafayette is at 2645 California SW [map]. We are checking on whether they’re accepting more donations.

1:26 PM: The reply: “The bins are on the smaller side so we will have volunteers to come and collect excesses and check on the amounts in the containers periodically. If they would like to donate but don’t want to drop off at the school, they can email the lafayette PTA address and we can organize a drop-off location.”

FOOD: Free High Point Community Dinners to go, on Sundays

Starting tomorrow, a weekly free meal in West Seattle goes to-go – here’s the announcement:

Our free community dinner, High Point Community Dinner Church, has been serving a hot meal to our guests in West Seattle every Sunday night for 2 years. With a non-traditional set-up, we are able to get to know each other over dinner in an organic way, reaching out to people who may not typically feel comfortable in a more standard church setting. Everyone is always welcome for dinner, conversation, and prayer. Even with COVID-19, our volunteers are committed and eager to continue to serve food and show up for the community, especially those that heavily rely on the meal and leftovers to sustain them throughout the week. We are making changes to help keep people safe, fed, and encouraged by serving to-go meals outside at Walt Hundley Playfield starting this Sunday, March 15. With High Point Community Center closed, and many churches and meals cancelled, we hope to continue to help provide for those in need in our community. We thank our leaders, Verlon and Melodee Fosner, our cook and driver, all of our supporters and volunteers, and the other 10 Community Dinner locations in Seattle for coming together to be a bright spot in hard times.

Dinners to-go
Sunday nights at 5 p.m.
Walt Hundley Playfield (in the park near playground)
Organizers: Michael and Naomi Cox

The park is at 34th and Myrtle [map].

CORONAVIRUS: The Saturday 3/14 roundup

No big annouucements today, but there was some news:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From today’s Seattle-King County Public Health news release:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/13/20

388 confirmed cases (up 60 from yesterday)
35 confirmed deaths (up 3 from yesterday)

Deaths being reported today include:

A woman in her 70s, died at Swedish First Hill on 3/12
A man in his 80s, a resident of Life Care Center, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth, died on 3/12
A man in his 80s, a resident of Life Care Center, died at Overlake Medical Center on 3/8

Of the 35 deaths reported in King County, 27 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland.

No additional public word of West Seattle cases beyond the two we’ve reported.

ABOUT TESTING: Also from SKCPH’s daily update, if you are wondering about the criteria for who should get tested for COVID-19 and when:

Although the laboratory test is becoming more broadly available, there are limitations in the health care industry’s capacity to obtain samples from people as rapidly as we would like. In addition, people do not always need to be tested for clinical care purposes since there is currently no medication to treat COVID-19.

Currently, anyone with a fever and cough should assume their illness could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. If you are sick, you need to stay home and stay away from other people in your home. If you need to go into public to visit a healthcare provider, wear a mask and practice meticulous hand washing.

There are currently no restrictions for who can be tested for COVID-19 in Washington State. However, Department of Health Guidance to healthcare providers directs them to focus testing on people with COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The guidance prioritizes testing for people at higher risk for COVID-19. While anyone can ask a provider to be tested for COVID-19, testing is provided at the provider’s discretion.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Here’s the latest from the state Department of Health.

DOH’S PLEA: As we noted earlier tonight, the Health Department is pleading, don’t hoard items like sanitizer.

SEATTLE EVICTION MORATORIUM: Announced today, the mayor has signed an emergency order for a moratorium on residential evictions. See the order here (PDF). The announcement is clear, this does NOT mean, stop paying your rent. It means eviction can’t be initiated or pursued until the civil emergency is over.

WHAT TO DO, AND NOT TO DO, IF YOU CALL 911: Added guidelines, to help keep first responders safe. Among them:

If you are calling 911 for a reason other than COVID-19 (i.e. fall, vehicle collision, etc.), it is still critical to tell dispatchers if you have symptoms. If you flag down emergency responders on the street – be sure to shout out before they meet you that you may have symptoms.

REMINDER, NO FARMERS’ MARKET TOMORROW: As announced Friday, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is canceled until at least mid-April. We are hearing informally that some vendors will be “popping up” around The Junction anyway.

VIRTUAL CHURCH TOMORROW: Some of the local churches that plan online services are listed on our changes/cancellations/postponements page; we are researching others tonight (help us out and email what yours is doing!) and will include everything we find in the happening/not happening list for Sunday, which goes live here on the main WSB page around 6 am.

WHAT ELSE IS CANCELED, POSTPONED, CHANGED LOCALLY: We’re continuing to update everything on the aforementioned list. If/when your organization, business, church, school, group, etc. has cancellations, postponements, changes, PLEASE let us know – or text/voice 206-293-6302.

HOW TO GET HELP/OFFER HELP: We’re hoping to amplify offers and requests in the days/weeks ahead. In the short run, a reader has posted a resource guide she’s put together – here’s the link in the WSB Community Forums.

DON’T HOARD! State Health Department’s plea

(Roxbury Safeway this morning – photo by Tamsen Spengler)

A plea late today from the state Health Department, in this news release:

The COVID-19 pandemic may have you rushing to the store to stock up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and other supplies.

But before you sweep the store aisles clean of these items, you might want to remind yourself of the harm you’re causing to yourself and your community by overstocking. The more you overstock those supplies, the less is available for your sick neighbors, and for doctors, dentists, and emergency response personnel. Doing our part to keep vulnerable people healthy includes making sure they have access to necessary supplies.

Grocers say consumer overstocking – not a disrupted supply chain — is the main reason their store shelves are empty of many supplies and food items, especially hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, and plastic gloves.

“We want the public to be assured that if they will return to their normal pace of grocery shopping that there will be an adequate supply of products for their consumption,” said Jan Gee, president and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association and its educational foundation. “We also want the public to be assured of the fact that the grocery stores are taking extensive measures to reduce any opportunity for contamination in our stores, and with the public’s cooperation, we will continue to provide a clean, virus-free environment stocked with healthy and fresh foods for everyone.”

Some consumers also seem to perceive a need to stock up on certain items such as bottled water. Health officials say water supplies are fine. Health experts emphasize the best way to protect yourself from infection is through good hygiene and limiting contact with others, not by overstocking certain supplies.


Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day is the best way to reduce your risk of infection. Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended if you aren’t able to wash your hands with soap and water.
Try to stay six feet away from others, and stay away from others in larger social gatherings.
Regularly disinfect surfaces in your home and workspace.
Stay home if you’re sick.
Don’t buy more supplies than you absolutely need.
We all want to stay healthy and reduce the risk of infection for ourselves and others in our community. Help do your part by only buying what you need, and leave some for your neighbors.

DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state please call 800-525-0127 and press #.

BIZNOTE: What neighboring retailers Alair Gift Shop & Coastal Surf Boutique are doing

As you’ve no doubt gathered by now – independent local businesses are doing everything they can to survive the virus crisis. Two neighboring West Seattle retailers have sent heartfelt messages to their customers, the first one forwarded by multiple people regarding Alair Neighborhood Gift Shop (3270 California SW):

This has been a really tough time for everyone.

And I really think it’s just the beginning. We have no clue what will happen next. For me at least, most of my tears have been rooted in feeling helpless. I’m a lady of action, and not being able to DO something is always when I feel the most frustrated, and always leads to the tears.

So I have a plan.

Step #1 (for me as a business)

I did a full cost analysis of operational cost by hour (with the help of the amazing Lori- thank you!). All week I’ve been closing early and just kind of winging it. The basic process behind determining when to close was “after two hours goes by without a customer, then I’ll close”. But that’s not helpful to anyone and we need some consistency. So we have new hours effective today. This will save about 6 operational hours per week, which is a start.

We also have a store text line where you can always reach out if you have any questions.

Alair Text Line For Customer Service: 206-659-7152


Step #2 (for me as a person)

I started Alair because I love this community and wanted to have a business that was for profit but also gave back as much as possible. I believe in only growing responsibly. I believe in kindness. And I believe that it’s really really easy for everyone to make another person’s day a little better.

So how can we help each other right now?

We have a lot of teachers in our community that just learned the schools are closing for over a month. Some of those kids rely on school meals to eat every day. And parents are working their asses off to feed them, and could be possibly be facing layoffs, less hours, etc.

We are going to help. OF COURSE WE ARE.

Starting today and for as long as we need to, we are having a food drive. Some of us are not worried about where the next meal will come from, so let’s help some other folks feel that same security. Please bring any non-perishables to Alair starting today, and we will figure out a plan to get it to the right place. I have been talking with a couple of teachers from the districts that need it the most, and we are working on it. But the first thing is start collecting food, so please bring what you can. Preference on things that are easy to make- microwave soups, easy mac, etc. I’m all ears on this one so let me know if you have any ideas here or if you’re with a school that has a need.

Step #3 (for Alair, how to survive this, and how to make everyone feel comfortable)

I have been cleaning and sanitizing the f— out of everything.

I have pulled all testers and samplers and have antibacterial wipes at the store if you need me to wipe things down before you grab them.

We have the website looking good with lots of things to do at home added on there- puzzles, idea boxes, etc. It’s a continual project and I’ll add new stuff every day.

We have the gift concierge service available for anyone that would like to stay out of the public for now.

We have been doing FaceTime shopping and local delivery (within West Seattle) on a case by case basis! Email or Text if this is the option for you! (We are also working on a more formal plan for this)

The online-shopping link is here. Text # is above; email is

Meantime, here’s the email update from Coastal Surf Boutique next door at 3270 California SW – it was sent as an image so we can’t cut and paste:

It’s been less than half a year since Coastal moved “up the hill” from Alki.

We’re continuing to publish business messages/updates as we get/find them – is best – thanks!

CORONAVIRUS: The Friday 3/13 roundup

More announcements today, but not quite the deluge of each of the past two days. Here’s our nightly roundup:

NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From this afternoon’s Seattle-King County Public Health news release:

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/12/20

328 confirmed cases (up 58 from yesterday)
32 confirmed deaths (up 5 from yesterday)

Deaths being reported today include:

A woman in her 90s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/6
A woman in her 90s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/6
A woman in her 80s, a resident of Life Care Center, who died on 3/4
A man in his 70s, who died at Overlake Medical Center on 3/9
A man in his 80s, who died at Swedish Issaquah on 3/11

Of the 32 deaths reported, 25 are associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland.

BRIDGE PARK FOLLOWUP: Following our report last night on the High Point senior-living complex’s notice that a resident has tested positive for COVID-19, we heard back from its owners today, and added that to the story, as well as the letter sent to families. No public word on how the patient is doing.

QUARANTINE/ISOLATION SITE PLAN CHANGES: Even before a single patient has arrived at the Top Hat quarantine/isolation site, an incident at the one in Kent led to the county announcing a change in plans.

GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: This afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Supt. of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal briefed the media again. The governor expanded the school closure order to all K-12s statwwide and also to higher-education institutions. Here’s the video:

In Q&A, Inslee also debunked that National Guard rumor that’s been circulating (as he had done earlier on Twitter).

FARMERS’ MARKETS CLOSED: A mayoral order announced this afternoon means the West Seattle Farmers’ Market and others like it are closed until mid-April. WSFM management says it’s working on “creative solutions” to make its farmers’ produce/products available – they’re surveying customers’ interest.

LUNCH SITES FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS: Five West Seattle/South Park schools are among the 26 schools citywide where the district will start distributing sack lunches Monday. Here’s the story, with addresses and a map.

HELPING: Yesterday we told you about the Highland Park Elementary PTA marshaling volunteers and donors to help local students stay fed until the district operation fires up. Today, we found out about volunteers at Highland Park Improvement Club providing lunches to Sanislo Elementary students:

Among the volunteers who made/distributed more than 160 lunches, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (P.S. Here’s her latest newsletter, including lots of city info about the virus crisis.)

BUSINESSES: Lots of biznotes today – and more to come this weekend – as independent local businesses do their best to adapt to “social distancing” while still serving customers. Many are implementing strategies like delivery or pre-ordering for pickup (not just food businesses, which have long deployed those tactics). The West Seattle Junction Association has added two 15-minute parking spaces in each of its four free-parking lots to help make quick pickup possible. Look for signs like this:

Let us know what YOUR business is doing – – thank you!

WHAT’S CANCELED, POSTPONED, CHANGED LOCALLY: We’re continuing to update our West Seattle list – see it here (more updates tonight). If/when your organization, business, church, school, group, etc. has cancellations, postponements, changes, PLEASE let us know – or text/voice 206-293-6302.

WSB CONTINUING COVERAGE: All the stories published on WSB related to the COVID-19 situation are categorized so that you can find them anytime at We’re also continuing to use Twitter (@westseattleblog) for instant bursts. Any local info you’re NOT finding, please let us know so we can improve how we serve you.

P.S. How about some “poems to lean on,” as suggested by state Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna (a West Seattleite)?

CORONAVIRUS: Jefferson Square office building closed for weekend cleaning after tenant reports ‘direct contact with a confirmed case’

Multiple sources have sent us a letter posted in the Jefferson Square office building, on the north side of the center, saying the building is closed this weekend for cleaning, because “It has been reported that one of the tenants in the office building … has had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.” Here’s the entire letter:

No information on which tenant or how the exposed person is doing. The office building’s access is largely separate from the retail businesses that ring the center.