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Several Seattle Restaurants and Bars Are Closing Temporarily Due to Wildfire Smoke

A running list of current closures, including outdoor seating, as air quality deteriorates

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Several Seattle restaurants and bars are either closing outdoor seating or closing for all services until the smoke clears.

Since Tuesday, the smoke from wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest have deteriorated the air quality here in Seattle to dangerous levels — and it’s supposed to get even worse this weekend.

On Friday, the air quality became “very unhealthy,” per the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which means outdoor activities pose a risk for anyone, not just those with underlying health conditions. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city’s parks, beaches, boat ramps, and play fields will be closed through Sunday because of the hazard. And authorities have advised that all residents stay inside as much as possible.

Right now, there is no mandate that restaurants shut down, even for outdoor dining. Local officials say they’ll be working through the weekend to make sure that businesses — particularly those using the new street permits for al fresco plazas — are simply aware of the most up-to-date guidance. However, many chefs and owners have already taken the initiative to voluntarily close their patios out of an abundance of caution. And in a handful of cases, some are closing for all services (including takeout) until the smoke clears.

Here’s a running list of where things stand as of Saturday, with links to the restaurants’ social media pages to track updates. Hopefully, conditions will improve on Sunday or Monday (when rain is in the forecast). If you see any additional closures, send us a tip.

Closing all services temporarily

Cloudburst Brewing

Cortona Cafe

Corvus and Co

Dreamland Diner

El Mezcalito

Katy’s Cafe

King’s Hardware

La Carta De Oaxaca

Linda’s Tavern

MBar

Mezcalaria Oaxaca

Mischief Distillery

Molly Moon’s (Madrona and Bellevue walk-up windows)

Musang

Neon Boots

No Anchor

Oddfellows

Optimism Brewing

Ray’s Boathouse

Rupee Bar

Tangletown Public House

The Nest

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Closing outdoor seating, but still open for takeout or limited indoor dining

AQUA

ANJU Bar & Eatery

Aerlume

Ba Sa

Breezy Town Pizza

El Camino

El Gaucho Bellevue

Fremont Brewing

Haymaker East

Haymaker West

L’Oursin (outdoor mercantile moving inside)

Mamnoon

Moshi Moshi Sushi & Izakaya

Raccolto

Ravenna Brewing Company

Rooftop Brewing

Stateside

Sugar Hill

Super Six

The Gerald

Vendemmia

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