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GRATITUDE: Here’s what the West Seattle High School senior-class dine-out fundraiser dished up

Last Wednesday, 10 West Seattle food businesses donated part of their proceeds to the West Seattle High School Class of 2021 – and tonight, class president Ella Richardson tells us how it went:

The West Seattle High School Senior ASB wants to thank everyone who supported us by participating in our Dine-Out Day this past Wednesday! We raised $2,788, almost three times our original goal. We are so grateful for the support in our community.

We would to like to give a special thanks to the following local businesses who supported us: Circa, Arthur’s, Lady Jaye, Mission, The Westy, Peel and Press, Bebop Waffle Shop, The Admiral Pub, Ampersand Cafe, Dream Dinners, Vain Salon, and Cre8 Contracting. We would also like to shoutout Gretchen, the owner of Circa, for rallying restaurants to join the fundraiser.

For those who are interested in directly donating to the Senior Class, here is the link to donate . Another way to support us is by purchasing a delicious pre-made frozen meal from Dream Dinners, who will be continuing our partnership until November 14th. Click this link for more information.

SIP, SAVOR, SUPPORT: 2 days until 10 tasty ways to help West Seattle High School’s senior class

Wednesday’s the day for that 10-establishment food fundraiser organized as a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School Class of 2021, which made this video as a reminder.

On October 21st, these are the 10 establishments sharing part of the profits with the senior class:

Circa (2605 California SW)
Bebop Waffle Shop (2600 California SW)
Arthur’s (2311 California SW)
Mission Cantina (2325 California SW)
Admiral Pub (2306 California SW)
Ampersand Café (2536 Alki SW)
Lady Jaye (4523 California SW)
Peel and Press (6503 California SW)
The Westy (7908 35th SW)
Dream Dinners* (4701 41st SW)

Three notes: First, Dream Dinners-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is unique – place your order for tomorrow, to pick up the you-cook meal on Thursday, using this link. Second: You’ll also be able to buy raffle tickets at dinner time. Third: 4 pm-4:45 pm Wednesday, the band Aurora Avenue plans a “live COVID-friendly performance:” at Lady Jaye. The students – and businesses – appreciate your support.

WANTED: A restaurant to partner with West Seattle High School seniors for one day

Even as they fight to stay afloat in the pandemic economy, local businesses have continued to give back to the community. The West Seattle High School ASB is hoping to find one that can answer their call, and asked us to publish it:

Dear West Seattle community,

The West Seattle High School Senior class ASB is looking for a restaurant’s help in fundraising for the school year. Usually, the Senior class hosts an annual Homecoming dance; however, because of Covid-19, hosting an in-person dance is not an option. This means that the Senior class is losing out on thousands of dollars from ticket sales that would fund the majority of our prom. In an effort to stay financially on track with being able to afford the cost of a Senior prom at the end of the school year, we are searching for a restaurant who would be willing to host a restaurant fundraiser.

The fundraiser would be a one-day “takeover” where we encourage our large community of staff, hundreds of students, and families to dine in your restaurant or order takeout and a portion of the sales would be donated back to the Senior class. Some benefits restaurants would receive from hosting this fundraiser include a tax write-off, good publicity, and an increase in foot traffic to their business.

We chose to take this route instead of directly calling restaurants because we did not want owners to feel pressured to help us when they might be experiencing financial troubles due to the pandemic. If you are a restaurant that is interested in hosting our restaurant takeover. please contact Senior Class President Ella Richardson at wshsco2021@gmail.com .

West Seattle High School ASB hopes everyone is staying safe and healthy during these trying times, and we are looking forward to being together again soon.

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: Here’s where and how to enjoy 5 days of good food/drink for a good cause, starting tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the first of five days for the pandemic-reimagined Taste of West Seattle, helping the West Seattle Food Bank prevent hunger and homelessness. Here’s a reminder from WSFB, including an updated list of participating venues and the menu items that will contribute:

The 2020 Taste of West Seattle starts tomorrow! Sunday, September 20th through Thursday, September 24th, enjoy tasty food and drinks from your favorite local participating establishments and support the West Seattle Food Bank.

Presented by Metropolitan Market, this year’s Taste of West Seattle is five days with participating eateries and drinkeries donating 10% of sales of special Taste Menu items back to the West Seattle Food Bank to stop hunger and homelessness. From Sunday to Thursday, you can dine-in or get takeout and enjoy delicious food and drink from some of West Seattle’s favorite spots! (Note: Orders through 3rd-party apps, including Uber Eats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and more are ineligible.)

Once you order from the Taste menu at a participating business, you will receive a Taste Passport. The more stamps you get on your Passport by ordering from Taste menus, the more drawings you are entered to win. After the Taste of West Seattle ends, mail your Passport to the West Seattle Food Bank or drop it off at participating eateries by October 16th. The grand prize is a pair of round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Double your impact! We are thrilled to announce that generous neighbors Lou and Bob Hull have offered a match! That means that the 10% of sales participants are donating will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000.

Deliciousness Provided By:

Curbside Shop Items

Bakery Nouveau

Be’s Restaurant

Bebop Waffle Shop (formerly Admiral Bird)
Waffle with Toasted Almonds and chocolate, coffee sauce.

Best of Hands Barrelhouse
Three Kingdoms (sour ale), Safety of Artifacts (IPA), & Shadowfax (Belgian style witbier)

Beveridge Place Pub
All menu items

Blue Moon Burgers
The Hangover Burger

Capitol Cider
Wedge Salad, Chicken Wings, Fish & Chips, Brownie, and all Draft Beverages

C & P Coffee Company
Do Good Coffee Blend & t-shirts

Easy Street Records & Cafe
All menu items

Elliott Bay Brewery
Alembic Pale Ale Jambalaya, Quinoa Garbanzo Salad, 6-Packs, House Growler Fills

Grillbird Teriyaki

Husky Deli
Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Indu!ge Desserts LLC
Cupcakes, cookies, bars & confections

Itto’s Tapas
All menu items

Lady Jaye
All menu items

All menu items

Mission Cantina
Seven Sins of Summer burritos

Nos Nos Coffee House
All menu items

Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden
All menu items

Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
Build Your Own Wicked Smoked Spuds & Moonshine Lemonade Cocktails

Peel & Press
Any to go order that includes 2 signature cocktails or a bottle of wine

Fig salad, Saffron Chicken, Vegan Farfalle Pasta, Balsamic Braised Lamb Shank, Roasted Squash Pizza, Baklava & Rose Ice cream

Pot Pie Factory, Inc.
Classic Chicken, Tuscan Chicken, and BBQ Pork Pot Pies

Seeking Kombucha

All Alcoholic Beverages

Skylark Cafe and Club
Skylark Porkstrami Sandwich, House Made Ginger Ale, & Rhubarb Cooler

Talarico’s Pizzeria
Al Pastor Pizza Slice & Cucumber Lime Vojito Cocktail

The Bridge
All frozen cocktails

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

The Westy
Bibb Salad, Roma Flatbread, Pancit, Old Mischievous way, Bitter & Oak, Westy G&T (or vodka), Strawberry-Basil Sparkler

Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
Bento box orders

West 5
Mac N Cheese & Mai Tai

West Seattle Cellars
All items

More info (and links) at TasteofWestSeattle.org

(WSB is a Taste of West Seattle co-sponsor.)

BIZNOTE: Azuma Sushi sets the date

More restaurant news! In late August, we had word from Azuma Sushi, the much-missed Junction eatery, that they were working toward reopening. Tonight, an update, relayed by Jackie, that Azuma’s proprietors Harry and Jennifer plan to reopen October 1st for takeout-only lunch and dinner. Azuma Sushi is at 4533 California SW.

RESTAURANT BIZNOTE: Allyum on the way to West Seattle

(WSB photo)

For all the grief caused by the West Seattle Bridge closure, Ally Rael says it’s part of the inspiration for her new business.

West Seattle needs more restaurants given the challenge of traveling off-peninsula, she reasons.

So she’s opening a restaurant in Luna Park, almost in the shadow of the idled bridge. Allyum will take over the 2940 SW Avalon Way space that formerly housed Duos (which is consolidating its operations into its Sanctuary at Admiral venue).

Readers tipped us after spotting signage on the space earlier this month, and we finally tracked down Rael to find out about the plan.for Allyum.

The chef/owner tells WSB that Allyum will offer a plant-based menu, upscale, focused on local foods, with beverages in the spotlight too, especially wine and cocktails. Happy hour and dinner, plus weekend brunch, at least in the beginning; indoor dining, outdoor dining, and takeout are all part of the plan.

She’s a veteran of the restaurant industry, in Los Angeles as well as Seattle, where she says her resumé includes time with Ethan Stowell Restaurants.

So what might you find on the menu? We ask if there’s any “signature” dish she’s been known for. After a moment, she mentions “mushroom chicken and waffles” – a rye waffle topped by a chicken-fried maitake mushroom.

Allyum’s name, by the way, is a triple play on words – her name, the botanical name of the onion/garlic family, and of course, yum.

Rael and business partner Dahli Strayer (who owns the building) are hoping Allyum will be able to open as soon as November. No website yet, but it’s in the works.

FOOD BIZNOTES: Skylark, Il Nido, Elliott Bay Brewing

It’s a night for notes. We have three from the West Seattle food world:

SKYLARK @ THRIFTWAY: The Skylark in North Delridge is one of the restaurants that’s also been selling “provisions.” And now it’s branched out beyond its own premises. You can get The Skylark’s smoked meats at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) – bacon in the store’s Meat & Seafood Department, smoked chicken and porkstrami in the Morgan St. Grill (deli). You can, of course, also still dine in (patio too) at, or take out/get delivery from Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).

IL NIDO: The instant-legend restaurant at the Alki Homestead (2717 61st SW) closed in mid-summer after pursuing the provisions/market model for a while. Now it’s planning to reopen, dine-in only, September 22nd. Seattle Met‘s Allecia Vermillion broke the story.

ELLIOTT BAY BREWING: Though you probably won’t want to use it until early next week, EBB in The Junction now has an outdoor seating area!

(Photo via @westseattlejunction on Instagram)

WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Remember this business?

On a day when you might be looking for diversion … how about some history? Local preservationist/entrepreneur John Bennett texted us that photo, saying he just bought this at an estate sale. So far, we’ve found a bit of information about Helen’s Hol’N One Donuts – while this says 4454 California SW, the city lists the building as 4452 California SW – most recently a real-estate office. The building dates to 1956; this site says the donut shop was there 1957-1960, with proprietor Helen Allen then operating Helen’s Fine Foods with husband Earl.

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: Here’s who’s participating in this year’s 5-day version

As previously mentioned, it’s a new format for this year’s Taste of West Seattle – the first since previous beneficiary West Seattle Helpline merged with the West Seattle Food Bank – instead of one event, it’s five days of special menu items at participating food and drink establishments! The latest list of participants is in this update from WSFB:

Enjoy food and drink from your favorite local participating establishments September 20th-24th and support your neighbors!

Presented by Metropolitan Market, the 2020 Taste of West Seattle will have participating eateries and drinkeries donating a percentage of sales of special Taste Menu items back to the West Seattle Food Bank to support our neighbors. From Sunday, September 20th to Thursday, September 24th you can dine in or get takeout and enjoy delicious food and drink from some of West Seattle’s favorite spots!

Eat, drink, support local, and have fun! All participating eateries will be listed on a Taste Passport (available at participating eateries). The more stamps you get on your Passport by ordering from participating businesses, the more drawings you are entered to win. After the Taste of West Seattle ends, mail your Passport to the West Seattle Food Bank or drop it off at participating eateries by October 16th to be entered to win. The grand prize is a pair of round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

The Taste of West Seattle has always been about bringing neighbors together, promoting local eateries and drinkeries, and strengthening our wonderful West Seattle community. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of coming together (safely) to support each other.

We hope you join us for the Taste of West Seattle!

Deliciousness Provided by:
Bakery Nouveau
Be’s Restaurant
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
Capitol Cider
C & P Coffee Company
Easy Street Records & Cafe
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Grillbird Teriyaki
Husky Deli
Indu!ge Desserts LLC
Itto’s Tapas
Lady Jaye
Mission Cantina
Nos Nos Coffee House
Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
Peel & Press
Pot Pie Factory, Inc.
Talarico’s Pizzeria
The Bridge
The Good Society Brewery & Public House
The Westy
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
West 5
West Seattle Cellars

…and more!

Not only does WSFB keep neighbors in need from going hungry, it also does the work the Helpline used to do, including emergency assistance to keep people from becoming homeless. If you can’t participate in the Taste (which is co-sponsored by WSB), you can help WSFB by going here.

BIZNOTES: Coffee and sushi

Two notes from the West Seattle food and beverage world:

COFFEE: C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) has just expanded its hours again – 7 am to 5 pm. Continue ordering via the back window; outdoor seating on both sides of the shop remains open.

SUSHI: Many have been asking when – if – Azuma Sushi in The Junction (4533 California SW) will reopen.

We haven’t had luck in reaching its longtime proprietors but Cathy did and sent us this report last night:

I just spoke with Jennifer – she and her husband Harry are the owners of Azuma Sushi. She says they both are doing well and Harry has had some well-deserved time off. They’ve been open for 20 years and he’s pretty much worked non-stop at the restaurant!

They are looking to re-open soon, probably only doing takeout while we are still in Phase 2. No set date on re-opening yet, but they are working on it.

She asked if I could contact the WSB and pass the word on so that their customers know that they are doing well and that they are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Harry worked seven days a week until 2016!

WEST SEATTLE RESTAURANTS: 1 closing, 1 reopening

Two restaurant notes:

CHACO CANYON ORGANIC CAFE: The vegan restaurant at 3770 SW Alaska in The Triangle says it’s shutting down “until further notice” after Sunday. They’re inviting fans to come say goodbye before then; their announcement says, “We’re extremely proud of how many tasty recipes we tried and how many amazing customers we took care of; however, we are beyond sad that this chapter is over.” They’ll be open 10 am-5 pm daily through Saturday, 10 am-3 pm on Sunday.

BE’S RESTAURANT: The longtime Junction eatery (4509 California SW) has reopened, 8 am-2 pm daily, with a “limited menu that consists of breakfast food, burgers, and Vietnamese lunch options.” Plus: “Brunch cocktails from The Alley” (which is next door). Reservations are available by phone, 206-937-1110, or email, beskitchen1986@gmail.com.

BIZNOTE: Murals taking shape at Mission Cantina

New art in progress in The Admiral District! Mission Cantina (2325 California SW; WSB sponsor) has West Seattle muralist Desmond Hansen creating two murals, described by co-proprietor Shawn Padilla:

The artwork includes Día de Los Muertos, a map of Mexico with specific regions where tequila and mezcal come from, a flowering agave plant which includes endangered bottle-nose bats (the agave pollinators), etc. The artwork supports our brand and tells stories about the rich history of the country, culture, food, and spirits.

We’ll be checking back on the progress. P.S. Mission Cantina is open 4-10 pm weekdays, 10 am-10 pm weekends, and has outdoor seating – you can reserve in advance online.

BIZNOTE: Café Mia adds some evenings

August 11, 2020 8:06 pm
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Fans of Café Mia in The Junction (4310 SW Oregon) have long wished for a chance to enjoy its fare in the evening. Now that wish has come true. The restaurant has added some evenings – Thursdays and Fridays to start with, 4-8 pm. (Just Friday this week, though.) “We’re doing mostly pasta and wine, but some fun cocktails,” a café staffer told us by text. And yes, as our photo shows, they have outdoor seating.

REOPENING: Copper Coin, ‘reimagined’

After a three-month closure, Copper Coin (2329 California SW) has announced it’s reopening at 4 pm today. As heralded by posters on its windows during much of the closure, the restaurant has done some overhauling – declaring on its website that it “has been reimagined to fit our new environment,” including contact-free ordering for both takeout and dine-in (which includes outdoor seating). The restaurant also promises a “redesigned burger-focused menu (that) keeps us committed to exceptional quality ingredients while adding the versatility of a menu that can be enjoyed anywhere.” Hours are listed as Wednesdays-Sundays, 4 pm-8 pm.

FOLLOWUP: Mioposto Admiral reopens after COVID closure

After a 4-day closure, Mioposto Admiral has reopened. Here’s the announcement we received:

Last Saturday we closed the restaurant upon hearing the news that one of our team members tested positive for Covid-19. That same day, we had a professional cleaning crew come in and disinfect the entire restaurant while all staff got tested and awaited results (we will be paying for lost wages during the closure). We are happy to announce that the entire crew has tested negative for Covid-19 and we are reopened for dine-in as well as take-out.

Mioposto Admiral closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Thanks for the tip: Mioposto‘s Admiral restaurant has announced online, and via a note on its door, that it’s temporarily closed:

Our Admiral location is temporarily closed as one of our employees has tested positive for the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing the restaurant for a few days while our entire staff gets tested and awaits results. We are having a professional cleaning crew completely disinfect all surfaces later today to ensure a safe reopening. While aiming for a Tuesday reopening, the safety and health of our staff and our community is our top priority and we continue to closely monitor the situation. Thank you for trusting us, we do not take it lightly, and we will see you soon. Take care of yourselves and each other!

Chelan Café closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Received from the Chelan Café:

The Chelan Cafe will be closed until further notice.

On Friday, July 31st, a staff member from the cocktail lounge tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of this positive test and out of an abundance of caution, we are closing both the restaurant and the Ebb Tide Room temporarily.

During this closure, our employees will be tested and a company will be hired to conduct a deep cleaning. We will not be re-opening until all employees test negative. The well-being of our community, customers, and employees will always be our first priority, and we thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Thank you,
Mary Manning-Smith
Owner- Chelan Cafe

BIZNOTE: i5 Pho on the way to West Seattle

Thanks for the tip! Pho fans – and chicken-wing lovers – will have a new West Seattle option in a few weeks. i5 Pho is coming to West Seattle. It’s takeout and delivery, no dine-in; pho and wings are the entire menu. i5 Pho will be based out of the commercial kitchen at 4611 36th SW (already home to WSB sponsors West Seattle Local Foods and Jet City Beignet). i5 Pho plans to open there on August 8th. If you want a preview, they’re already doing the same thing in White Center, from the commercial kitchen at 10256 16th SW (the former DQ), as well as Queen Anne and Tacoma. They offer online ordering (or by phone).

BIZNOTES: My Three Little Birds, Highstrike Grill, La Rustica

Three business notes:

MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS: The shop at 4736 California SW is having a sale and food drive this weekend:

Our store is running our Annual Summer Sale this weekend. All customers who drop off their donation to the West Seattle Food Bank get one of our cool PNW stickers.

We are here Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4.

HIGHSTRIKE GRILL: Though bowling alleys can’t reopen yet, the restaurant at West Seattle Bowl just announced it will reopen next week:

We are excited to announce that we are reopening the Highstrike Grill on Wednesday, July 29. We will be open for both delivery and dine-in. Tables will be limited to 50% capacity and maximum of 5 people of the same household per Governor’s orders. We have missed you and look forward to seeing you soon!

In addition to getting your favorites, we will be offering both food and beverage specials. Our hours will be Monday through Thursday Noon to 8:00 pm and Friday through Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Friday through Sunday we will be serving breakfast items from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The restaurant is on the corner at 39th/Oregon.

LA RUSTICA: The 4100 Beach Drive SW bistro has launched something new:

We are now offering our first ever Happy Hour!

Hours are 8:00 pm until close, Tuesday- Sunday.

Our Happy Hour includes both food and drink choices. We wanted to offer our guests another safe option to dine out with us while we all try to find ways to support each other.

As ever we are adhering to all safety standards as required and consider our employees and guests safety first. Continued thanks for your support during these trying times. We are ever grateful.

See La Rustica’s Happy Hour menu here.

OUTDOOR DINING/SHOPPING: City says it’ll offer new street-closure permits

The city says it’ll make street space available to restaurants and other businesses – if their neighbors are OK with it. From the announcement:

Building on the City’s free permits for sidewalk cafes and curb spaces, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today an expansion of street closure permit options for one or more blocks as part of the City of Seattle’s efforts to support businesses during the ongoing public health crisis. These new permits will give restaurants and retail stores more space to operate while providing their patrons and passersby more space to move following Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. The City will begin accepting applications for these street closures on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. …

Last month, the City announced free sidewalk café and curb space permits, which allow restaurants, retail stores, vending trucks and carts to operate in the sidewalk or curb space in front of their business. These new, temporary permit options help a business owner successfully and safety reopen by expanding their footprint outside. The permits are available for up to six months, and SDOT is expediting permit review to ensure eligible businesses can quickly access this new resource. To date, SDOT has received 92 sidewalk café and curb space permit applications. Business owners interested in applying for this type of permit should visit SDOT’s website for more information. ..

As part of the permitting process, permit applicants will need to notify and demonstrate support from neighboring businesses and residents of proposed street closures. While typical SDOT permit costs are waived, applicants are responsible for any expenses related to the street closure proposal – such as barricades, temporary no parking signs, and tables and chairs. Applicants will be required to conform to all relevant state and local public health guidance. Permit review times vary based on the complexity and the preparedness of the applicant, so we encourage you to use our coaching resources. Stay tuned for more information regarding the eligibility criteria for these new street closure requests.

For more information or to schedule an applicant coaching session about these new temporary permit types, please visit our website or e-mail publicspace@seattle.gov.


The former Pacific Room on Alki has reopened with a new name – but not the previously planned one. Now the establishment at 2808 Alki Avenue SW is J&J Public House. They emailed us an update:”We are only open for takeout and patio service from 11:30 am-9 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. We plan on continuing the live music (when we can, of course), and our cuisine is now considered ‘international gastropub’ with a more casually priced menu. Currently, we have a limited takeout menu that gives people just a glimpse of what’s to come. We are doing to-go cocktails and growlers, we also have bottles of beer to go. Our most notable item is our to-go flavored margaritas made fresh daily (with rotating flavors).” You can order takeout here or by calling 206-829-9695.

Supreme closes both locations after U-District employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Thanks for the tip! Another local restaurant has announced a COVID-19-related closure – but with unique circumstances. Supreme in The Junction announced on social media that it has closed both locations because an employee at its U-District location tested positive: “Due to the circumstance, we have decided to close both Supreme locations for now to allow our team two rounds of COVID-19 testing to be 100% sure we will reopen safely. We will also be tracking this testing experience so that we will be prepared for if and when it happens again in any of our places.”

FOLLOWUP: Duke’s Alki reopening after COVID-19 shutdown; plus Public Health’s answers to our questions about how business outbreaks are handled

(WSB photo, last week)

Six days after Public Health Seattle-King County closed Duke’s on Alki because COVID-19 was spreading among its staff, the restaurant says it has clearance to reopen today. (The PHSKC website confirms the reopening.) Subscribers to its email list received a message from founder Duke Moscrip, including:

… When the health authorities examined our Alki location and took the action to shut us down, we were devastated. Frankly, we thought we were following the safety protocols precisely. After cooperating with them fully over the past few days, we earned their approval to reopen today. Specifically, they approved the distance between our tables and the occupancy levels that allow us to keep everyone safe.

As a new layer of safety at Duke’s restaurants, we ordered and are installing new air purification technology over the next few weeks at all our locations to stop COVID-19 particles, other viruses, and bacteria in internal spaces.

Safety. That is the only thing important to us as we all begin to venture out more and enjoy our unique way of life here in the Pacific Northwest.

Despite every safety measure available, we expect we will see more cases of COVID-19 among our valued team. Today we are better prepared to properly react.

I know that many of you believe that Duke’s let you down. For that, we are truly saddened.

The message also says an unspecified number of staff members remain quarantined. This statement from the restaurant following last week’s shutdown noted 7 Alki employees had tested positive for the virus.

(ADDED 12:55 PM: PHSKC has since published this statement about the reopening.)

Before the shutdown announcement, after our previous report about two cases at Duke’s, we had asked Public Health some questions about how outbreaks are handled; we’d noticed while covering other businesses that no two seemed to be handling cases the same way. We have since received the replies, published below in Q&A format, with our questions and Public Health’s answers:

WSB: “What if anything are businesses required to report to PHSKC regarding employees testing positive?”

PHSKC: “Notify health department within 24 hours if you suspect COVID-19 is spreading in your workplace, or if you are aware of 2 or more employees who develop confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within a 14-day period.”

WSB: “What are they required to tell customers?”

PHSKC: “No requirements.”

WSB: “Under the new state guidance, what circumstance constitutes “spreading” at a workplace that would need to be reported?”

PHSKC: “We would consider ‘spreading’ when any person in the workplace, whether an employee, contractor or customer, might have been potentially exposed in the workplace. We would recommend that a workplace call us if they have any questions or concerns as it generally takes some investigation to try to determine the most likely location of exposure (e.g., community exposure vs. workplace exposure, etc..).”

WSB: “Once PHSKC gets a report of ‘spreading,’ what will you do with that information? How/is it investigated? Might orders for closure ensue?”

PHSKC: “- We first try to confirm any reported cases through our public health databases and if any non-household contacts have been identified already.

“- We then do an initial investigation call to (i) confirm whether transmission occurred in the workplace, (ii) identify any exposed workplace contacts (coworkers or customers), and (iii) assess steps that employers have taken to reduce the risk of transmission within the workplace and provide technical assistance when necessary.

“- If this investigation identifies conditions indicating a higher risk to employees or the public, we may schedule a site visit to the workplace. A public health order or closure could ensue if the risk level is deemed to be very high and we believe there is an ongoing risk to employees or the public that isn’t being mitigated.”

WSB: “What about employees who feel their employer isn’t taking appropriate action – is there anything they can do?”

PHSKC: “Workplace safety complaints about coronavirus or other issues can be filed with L&I (1-800-423-7233). Employees can also file a written safety/health complaint.”

(Again, we had those questions out to PHSKC *before* the Duke’s closure – the first of its kind in our area – was announced.)