October 2020

Salty's on Alki pivots in the pandemic to redefine winter dining

The industry struggling, a broken West Seattle Bridge and a focus on safety meant making lots of changes including custom made tents, a new menu, and more

Operating a restaurant during a pandemic is no picnic.

Thus far more than 100,000 bars and restaurants have closed as those remaining have tried to sustain themselves on take-out, and with reduced capacity and hours. 

But for Salty's on Alki the challenge has been unique. Arguably one of the best known, and among the largest restaurants in Seattle, Salty's delayed reopening for some time to take a good long look at operations, their training, and even the way the building worked. The pandemic meant a shutdown for everyone at first. But then the West Seattle Bridge failed. That meant the cruise passenger and hotel business they had was not coming back anytime soon even if the pandemic were to end. Finally in July they reopened but more changes lay ahead.


Sister Nancy O’Reilly, OP 07/11/1929 to 05/07/2020

Sister Nancy O’Reilly, OP (Mary Clement), a Tacoma Dominican Sister, died peacefully in Tacoma. WA on May 7, 2020. She was a native of County Galway, Ireland. Following her profession of vows, Sister Nancy served as teacher, pastoral associate and health care worker in several dioceses including Seattle, WA; San Bernardino and San Diego, CA; and St. Augustine, Florida. Because of COVID19 restrictions, there was a private burial with the Tacoma Dominican Community on August 19 and a Memorial Mass at St. Francis of Assisi, Burien on October 5, 2020.

Business associations make urgent appeal to city to address crime, drug use and more in city parks

Needles, nudity, human waste and even a crime network are seen in parks across the city; City responds with the formation of a new 8 member team to do outreach

In a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan the heads of 13 Seattle business related organizations have urged the leaders to take immediate action to address rampant drug use, crime, and a situation they see as out of control in city parks across Seattle. They call for the formation of an "nterim interagency team to develop and execute an immediate action plan" to address these issues.