On Friday, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is organizing a “general strike” across Washington. According to the official announcement, the day of action includes a silent march from Judkins Park to Jefferson Park starting at 2 p.m. “to honor lives lost and send a powerful message that Washingtonians no longer tolerate the racism that is built into so many of our institutions.” BLM Seattle is also urging people across the state to stop working Friday and, if they are unable to march, to take time to familiarize themselves with local officials to urge action on police violence.
The restaurant community here in Seattle is showing support for the strike. At the last informal count, more than 60 restaurants, bars, breweries, and cafes will close their doors tomorrow in a show of solidarity. With restaurants in King County only recently reopened for limited dine-in and outdoor service, and revenue down during the COVID-19 pandemic, closing completely for one day is not an insignificant gesture — but it is just one small step. Many places have also been feeding protesters and providing supplies near the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (an area around the East Precinct that protesters have held down since police pulled back from the blocks around the building earlier this week). They’ve also donated sales proceeds to several causes aligned with social justice.
Below is a list of some of the places that have announced their intentions to close so far, but it is not a complete tally — and those that haven’t officially announced closures may be doing so soon, closed anyway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or are providing support in other ways. Find more details about each restaurant via the links below, and if you find any other participating restaurants, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marination (all locations)
Locust Cider (Harbor Steps and Market Hall locations)
Poquitos (Capitol Hill and Bothell locations)
Sea Creatures Restaurant Group (Wilmott’s Ghost, the Whale Wins, Bateau, General Porpoise, Great State Burger)
Hot Cakes (Ballard and Capitol Hill locations)
Ethan Stowell Restaurants (How to Cook a Wolf, Ballard Pizza Co, MKT, Tavolata Capitol Hill, Rione XIII, Red Cow, and Frelard Pizza Co)