City of Seattle makes social push to help restaurants stay in business

City of Seattle makes social push to help restaurants stay in business

The city of Seattle created an interactive map showing which restaurants in the city are still offering takeout and delivery options, Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday.

The tool, dubbed #SupportSeattleSmallBiz map, aims to help residents find food establishments in the city that are still operating while social distancing measures are in place.

The restaurant industry was among the first to be hit when Seattle employers began implementing work-from-home policies. The first week employers directed their workforce to stay home, sales dropped as much as 80 percent downtown.

Two weeks ago, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered restaurants, bars and cafes close to dine-in business, challenging many in the industry to innovate or close like many others had before them. Many restaurants have closed either temporarily or permanently.

The map, which is geared to help the businesses still operating, is a color-coded breakdown of restaurants, bars and cafes divided into three categories: takeout only, delivery only, and takeout and delivery. It shows which third-party delivery options are available with the establishment, like Grubhub or Door Dash, and directs residents to the establishment’s website or phone number.

The map is part of the city’s #SupportSeattleSmallBiz campaign. The city asks residents to post on social media pictures and videos from Seattle eateries that are doing takeout, delivery or drive-thru with the hashtag and include #WeGotThisSeattle and tag @SeattleEconomy so city staff can add these locations to the map.

"With many of our neighborhood restaurants still open, we can support our small businesses by ordering pickup or delivery during this time," Durkan said in a statement. "I’m grateful to our community partners who helped shape our map and make it a reality.”

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