In spite of the somewhat misleading headline that emerged last night “Coronavirus prompts Washington to close restaurants,” in reality all restaurants and cafes are still allowed to provide take-out and delivery services. The closure simply means no in-person dining will be permitted, so our community will still have access to many of the eateries that we depend on – and depend on all of us.
Fresh Flours co-owner Etsuko Minematsu relayed that since the Covid virus descended they had “experienced a slight slowdown [of] around 5% and fortunately we are able to operate normal hours without reducing employees shift at all.” Indeed, upon visiting Fresh Flours this morning, I was able to come away with a flaky Kouign-Amann and phenomenal cup of Stumptown coffee.
Please reach out to your favorite local eatery to see what their plan is with regards to hours, take-out and delivery. The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies as of yet.