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Restaurants are in trouble.

They need our help.

Here’s what you can do.

EAT OUT: Diners, all you have to do is dine out at a participating Pierce County restaurant from November 8-12 and November 15-19. That’s it. Spend your cash at a participating full-service restaurant and you’ll get 30 percent off your tab. The discount is for food only. Alcohol is excluded from this program. The program is sponsored by Pierce County and is called Restaurant Rally. More information here.

HOW IT WORKS: Participating restaurants will be refunded a percentage of food sales by Pierce County, which has allocated $7.5 million from its CARES Act funding to pay for the program. Every restaurant that participates will receive reimbursement from Pierce County.

THE RESTAURANT LIST: I’ll do my best to compile a list of participating restaurants that I hope to publish ahead of the event, or I’ll certainly share any list Pierce County might compile. Please check this page for that list in the coming days.

Are you a restaurant owner? Would you like to participate? Here’s how you can apply.


APPLY HERE: https://www.cognitoforms.com/PierceCounty2/PierceCountyRestaurantRallyProgramApplication

BACKGROUND INFO HERE: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally


  • UPDATE: The deadline for restaurants has been extended to October 29. And the Pierce County Council approved an amendment to the program on October 27 that extends reimbursement to take-out meals.
  • Participating restaurants must be full-service restaurants as defined by NAICS Code of 722511.
  • Restaurants must be “primarily engaged in providing food services to patrons who order and are served while seated and pay after eating.”
  • Only Pierce County restaurants can participate. And the restaurant must have operated before March 23, 2020, and be currently open to the public.
  • Restaurants must agree to follow applicable health directives.
  • Restaurants must agree to provide a 30 percent discount on “dine-in meal purchases, excluding alcohol.”
  • Restaurants participating in the promotion can receive “up to 50 percent of gross sales for dine-in meals, excluding alcohol, for each day.”
  • Restaurants must provide “weekly documentation of gross sales of dine-in meals where discounts were applied, excluding alcohol, and the value of discounts given during the promotional period.”
  • Participating restaurants must agree to promote the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.
  • There’s a cap for restaurants. The total funding available for each participating restaurant cannot exceed $90,000.
  • And, finally, according to the county, “No participating restaurants will receive less than $5,000.”

COME MEET SUE KIDD: I’ll be dining out at participating restaurants throughout the event and I’ll be posting my whereabouts at facebook.com/dinepiercecounty and on the event page for Dine Pierce County Supports Restaurant Rally, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753442412172991/



The Pierce County Restaurant Rally program is not for every restaurant. It is aimed at restaurants with full service. If you don’t qualify for this program, you might be able to qualify for other aid programs for businesses. Here’s help for you: