How are local restaurants responding to the novel coronavirus?
Here's a list of who is open and who is not during statewide closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak
Last updated 3/23/2020 at 4pm
First published March 16. For a directory of 40 restaurants in Mill Creek who are open for takeout and/or delivery, see https://www.millcreekbeacon.com/story/2020/03/20/a-and-e/beacon-provides-courtesy-listing-of-open-restaurants/11386.html
The COVID-19 outbreak, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has taken over daily life in a way that hasn't happened in recent memory.
"The world is upside down," Mike Pederson of Central Market said over the phone Friday, March 13.
Schools are closed, gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited, stores are limiting how many shoppers can come in at a time, and it's almost impossible to find certain items like hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
After multiple closures that got stricter and stricter as the week went on, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all bars, restaurants, entertainment, and recreational facilities had to shut down in-person dining and activity for two weeks across the entire state. They are allowed to reopen March 31 and can do take-out or delivery until then.
Grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to remain open.
If you know a business that should be added to this, send information or a link to millcreekedito[email protected]. This list will be updated in the coming days.
Here is a list of local businesses in Mill Creek and how they are adapting operations in light of the statewide closures.
Open, with normal until Thursday, March 19 (changes 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
No online ordering
They are hiring
"We're taking really aggressive measures to sanitize handbaskets and carts, and we have an attendant on our open bars at all times," Pederson said in a phone interview. "There are products being allocated really carefully. We have our support team trying to track some down for us, so we're doing the best we can. I would ask (shoppers) them to be as patient as they can be. We are scouring for products like everyone else, and the system is trying to keep up."
Azul Restaurant & Lounge
Closed after 3/16
According to their Facebook: Thank you all for your unwavering support through this unprecedented moment. We look forward to serving you once again and will be keeping you updated upon our re-open. Stay safe everyone. As of tomorrow (Editor's note: 3/16), we will temporarily remain closed until the ban lifts and are able to re-establish ourselves."
Bequest Coffee Co
Open for takeout and delivery
According to their Facebook: "We are open and taking phone orders as well as walk inns. We want to serve you the best way we can, so if you feel more comfortable ordering over the phone do it! We will charge you electronically and deliver your order to your car. Our kitchen is operating normally and we will be serving our delicious breakfast sandwiches all day long. Check all full menu and options at http://www.bequestcoffee.com - we also have freshly baked pastries that are not in the menu, and omelet with toast. Call us at (425)332-2906."
Brooklyn Brothers Pizza Mill Creek
Open: 4-8 p.m. dinner only Monday-Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
According to their Facebook: "Along with every other restaurant in Washington state right now, we are forced to make some changes. We are (like everyone else) now takeout only, plus delivery in Camano and Mukilteo. Orders via our website or phone are encouraged as an additional way to reduce touchpoints in the restaurant. Thank you to all of you who have continued to support us and other small businesses during a very difficult time for us all. We encourage you to stay safe and healthy, and to continue to support small businesses if you are safely able to do so!"
Take-out and delivery (Postmates, Uber Eats, curbside pick-up)
According to their Facebook: "Thank you for your continued support in these tumultuous times! We are grateful to you and our community! We know recent events could put a strain on many members of our community and we want to do whatever we can to help.
"Due to this, we are selling all our full-sized orders of Fried Rice at half price. Fried Rice is one of our menu items that can be frozen and reheated and can last a long time to help families get through.
"Furthermore, we will also be offering a package deal of 1 order of Crab Cheese Wontons, any 1 order of Fried Rice, and a bottle of Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon for $25. This is a $53 value that we are cutting by more than half to do what we can for the community."
They also have beer and wine for sale, but only for take-out or curbside order – not delivery.
Dream Dinners Mill Creek
According to their Facebook: "Skip the grocery stores and enjoy easy, delicious freezer meals from Dream Dinners instead! We know that life is chaotic right now, so we are waiving our $30 "Made for You assembly fee - just sign up for one of our Made for You sessions and use coupon code FREEMFY at checkout. We'll prepare your order for free, and you can enjoy curbside pick up! Place your order at http://www.dreamdinners.com."
They have nurse, doctor, and first responder appreciation days where attendees can make a free, medium-size freezer meal on March 31, April 1, and April 2, respectively.
Open for in-store pick-up or delivery (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates)
According to their Facebook page:
"With the recent news that Governor Jay Inslee has ordered restaurants in Washington state to no longer offer dine-in service, FROST and FROST Luncheonette will continue to offer in-store pickup and delivery through your favorite door-to-door services such as Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates only.
"This is a very unprecedented and difficult time for all of us, and we sincerely appreciate your continued support as a community. Our staff is ready to provide you with your favorite FROST treats to enjoy at home and make your day a little brighter."
Garlic Jim's Pizza Mill Creek
Open for delivery
According to an email from the owner, Craig: "We are instituting a no contact delivery and we have our own delivery staff. We all are taking precautions to limit exposure. We are wearing gloves 100% of the time. We are also encouraging credit card usage only.
"Our normal business hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m .; and Sunday we will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. During these times we will open early on Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m."
Home Run Solutions
Open, meeting with customers on video call
According to an email from Joe Reed: "In light of the current C19 outbreak, we have changed our policy for in-home and showroom meetings. For the time being, we will no longer be taking these initial in-person meetings as our way to keep everyone as safe as possible right now.
We’ve been toying around with the idea for some time as a way to make our initial budget and design consultations more convenient for busy homeowners. Now seems like the perfect time to try it out! We're offering to keep projects on schedule with the free zoom app. This way we're able to meet with clients and move forward into design. Our goal is to stay on track with these projects and be ready to build once the outbreak lifts."
Customers should use Facetime, Zoom, or another free video chat on their phone or tablet and staff will walk through the project with them, answering questions and getting simple measurements. Then, a day or two later staff will schedule a virtual meeting on Zoom (it has screen sharing capabilities) with a design agreement and budget options. Then staff will get started with design meetings, online shopping, 3D renderings, and shared videos.
Lombardi's Mill Creek
Open for take-out, curbside pick-up, their own delivery service
According to an email from CEO Diane Symms: "Lombardi’s in Mill Creek will be offering take out, curbside pick up and Lombardi’s delivery services. Check out the menu for these services at our website lombardisitalian.com. Take out orders will receive a 20% discount through March 31. We are also offering a Party of 4/Family Meal Pak that serves 4 people – 2 adults and 42 kids for $30 - $45 depending on the items ordered. We will continue to offer delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats but those platforms will not receive the discount as those companies take a huge discount to the restaurant for their services. Please call 425 892-2931 for all your questions or orders.
Take-out and delivery (Uber Eats, DoorDash)
According to their Facebook: "Dear customers: In an effort to promote safety and prevent the potential spread of illness, we will be closing our dine-in business, but we can do take-out orders. You can either call our business number @ 425-225-6590 or find us on Uber Eats and DoorDash for delivery service, starting Monday 3/16/2020 through 4/15/2020.
"We believe that temporarily closing our dine-in business is in the best interest of both our customers and employees. We appreciate your understanding and support."
Saw Mill Cafe
According to their Facebook page: "Stay healthy, be optimistic and enjoy this unscheduled time to be at home with family. Please do your part by being calm, unplug every once in a while and reassure those around you that everything is going to be OK. We don't say or hear this enough. Looking forward to seeing you all again April 1st."
Take-out and curbside pick-up (call the restaurant directly)
According to their Facebook: "I wanted to take a moment to express our sincerest gratitude for the overwhelming support many of you have shown us this past week. You have touched our hearts with your generosity and we thank you for your loyal patronage.
Due to Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate, we have closed our dining area but will remain OPEN for business for take-out service. Our menu can be found here: http://sushizenmillcreek.com/menus.php
"We will still be open normal business hours for lunch:
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday
Noon -3 p.m. on Saturday
"For dinner service, we will temporarily shorten our hours to:
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday
3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.
"We will also be implementing a curbside pickup for your convenience should you prefer. Simply let the server know when you place your order that you would like curbside pick up. When you arrive at Sushi Zen, please call us again to let us know you arrived and our staff will come out to deliver your food."
Tablas Woodstone Taverna
Take-go orders (over the phone and walk-in), curbside delivery and payment
According to their Facebook: "We're doing our best to accommodate all the current changes going on and will be offering all to-go orders over the phone or walk-in, 10% off. In addition, we will be doing curbside delivery and payment options! Come on in or give us a call, we will be here!"
Thai Bistro Mill Creek
Take-out and delivery (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub)
According to their Facebook page: "We still provide you take out orders, delivery through UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub (pick-up only). Please stay healthy, eat hot food!!! We will skip the hand fresh roll for a while to prevent cross-contamination."
Open; moving services online and making podcasts
According to an email from Di Beals, central campus pastor: "We are working to create online content. In just a couple of hours, we are debuting Venture Online which is our attempt to be “purveyors of hope” and “bringers of distractions”. We are producing up to 5 pod/vodcasts per day from our Venture Church Facebook page: including Popcast (re: pop culture) Venture Out (which will be fun out and about content) as well as kids programming, discipleship content and even online fitness for those at home. We are also producing our Sunday morning services lives, our Wednesday night services live, a Spanish service on Thursday nights followed by a worship and prayer service and our Celebrate Recovery ministry will be producing content Monday nights."
Open through drive-up and phone
According to an email from Sandi Vaughn, a personal banker: "At this time WaFd has closed all of their lobbies but are currently helping clients through the drive up and over the phone. We have launched QwikFi, a fast-track rate modification program that can be completed over the phone and via e-signing for our current mortgage clients. The bank has also launched the Small Business Lifeline, a 90-day no-interest line of credit for small businesses whose revenues are impacted by COVID-19."