City of Seattle launches interactive #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map

Apr 28 2020, 1:12 pm

On March 30, the City of Seattle launched an online interactive map that detailed which restaurants were open around the city.

Now, a month later, the Seattle Department of Information Technology (ITD) has included 15 additional cities and counties in a new #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz map.

The new map currently displays 2,600 small businesses spread across King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County.

The city has deferred utility payments, placed a temporary moratorium on evictions, offered grants, and has implemented temporary restaurant loading zones in the hopes of helping vulnerable small businesses.

“We have also capped third-party commission fees at 15 percent to ensure takeout and delivery remain viable financial options for our restaurants,” said Mayor Durkan in a press release.

“With many of our neighborhood restaurants still open, communities across our region can support small businesses by ordering pickup or delivery during this time. I’m grateful to our community partners who helped shape our map and make it a reality.”

The map allows residents to find available restaurants nearby, and place orders directly through the website. It also allows restaurant owners to enter their information into a survey which may allow their business to appear on the map within minutes.