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Pierce County is offering relief to restaurants – and diners

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Well, this sounds awesome for restaurants and for diners.

I saw that Pierce County Councilmember Marty Campbell posted about this new county program for restaurants. Pierce County Council just approved the program that aims to offer dining discounts and relief to restaurants.

Pierce County will allocate $7.5 million from its CARES Act funding to the program. Specifics are not yet set, but here’s what I gleaned from the announcement that we should all have on our radar. I’ll update this story and expand as I get more details:

* The Council will allocate $7.5 million to offer a 30-percent discount to diners at eligible restaurants during a two-week promotional window. The discount is for food only. Alcohol is excluded.

* That promotional window has not yet been set, but I’ll be sure to update you with that information once that information is public. UPDATE: The event will take place Nov. 8-12 and Nov. 15-19. Read more details here.

* Restaurants MUST APPLY BY OCTOBER 23. More information here – https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally

* Restaurants are eligible if they have operated before March 23, 2020. They must continue to operate. They must be open to the public. They must be full-service restaurants as defined by NAICS Code 722511 on their business license.

* There’s a cap for restaurants. The total funding available for each participating restaurant cannot exceed $90,000.

* Restaurants participating in the promotion can receive compensation “up to 50 percent of gross sales for dine-in meals, excluding alcohol, for each day.”

THIS IS AWESOME: “No participating restaurants will receive less than $5,000.”

Finally, the information says, “Businesses wishing to participate must enter into a written agreement with Pierce County and at a minimum must agree to:”

Operate in accordance with the state’s “Safe Start” reopening plan and applicable federal, state and local public health guidance and directives;

Participate in the full-service restaurant promotion campaign outlined in the ordinance;

Provide all restaurant patrons with at least a 30 percent discount on dine-in meal purchases, excluding alcohol, during the two-week promotional period specified in the agreement unless modified by the local health officer; and

Provide documentation of gross sales of dine-in meals, excluding alcohol, and the value of discounts given for each eligible day during the two-week promotional period.”

You can read more information at this link: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4872

A 24-ounce prime USDA delmonico steak at Cuerno Bravo.


Did you catch my story about the opening of Cuerno Bravo, Tacoma’s newest high-end steakhouse? It’s a beautiful dining room with super fancy equipment in the kitchen, including a Josper charcoal grill and beautiful charcoal-fueled dome oven covered in imported tile. Did I mention the menu of Wagyu and Japanese A5 premium beef? And that the carne asada platter is the best I’ve ever eaten in Tacoma? You’ve got to check it out. Read more here.


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