On Monday, the city of Seattle released a new interactive map tool that allows diners to find restaurants that are still open for takeaway and delivery while ordering at home nationwide. On the map, people can search by restaurant name or zip code, or drop a pin to see information about places in the immediate vicinity. It then retrieves basic information about each restaurant and the services it offers, as well as links to third-party delivery apps such as Uber Eats or DoorDash, if available.
Restaurants can still add their information to the database for display on the map by emailing [email protected] (there will be a quick survey as part of the review process). For now, the map shows locations as far north as Shoreline and as far south as Burien, but there is no geographic limit. The initial list of around 500 restaurants reflects some of the city’s reach for their data, including looping around in groups like the Greater Seattle Business Alliance and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance.
It is also part of a larger campaign launched by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office with the hashtag #SupportSeattleSmallBiz that encourages local guests to post pictures and videos of their favorite restaurants, bars and cafes delivering, on the go and driving . by. It was designed to ease the burden on many businesses in the city that have suffered economic damage due to measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Durkan herself tweeted a photo of her take-out from Marination on March 19. Although a week later the entire Marination chain announced that it would stop take-out and delivery for security reasons.
This only underscores the difficulties many restaurants in the area face when trying to determine whether it is the right decision during a public health crisis to stay open with limited hours and services. Last week, Governor Jay Inslee said the stay at home order – valid until April 8 – could be extended longer, meaning restaurants will have an indefinite amount of time in suspension. And while the federal stimulus package of $ 2.2 trillion contains some lifelines for small business owners, many local chefs and owners have raised serious concerns about aspects of the bill that they feel are unable to help independent restaurants .
In the meantime, the city map could come in handy in the coming weeks. It joins a growing list of others who organize takeaway and delivery information, including the Intentionalist (highlighting businesses of color and the LGBTQ + community), the Seattle Times, Catch22 Delivery (a platform created by Piroshky owner Piroshky ins The Eat, Drink, Travel, Ya’ll blog, the Down Home Seattle website, and several neighborhood blogs (including GreenLaker, Capitol Hill Seattle, and West Seattle Blog). Here is also Eater Seattle’s running list.