RESTAURANT SUCCESS INITIATIVE MAKES IT EASIER
TO OPEN A RESTAURANT IN SEATTLE
Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Sally Clark, Governor Jay Inslee, and King County Executive Dow Constantine joined the Washington Restaurant Association and restaurant entrepreneurs today in Capitol Hill to announce the launch of Restaurant Success, a new initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restaurateurs.
Restaurant Success is a public-private partnership between the state of Washington, city of Seattle, King County and the Washington Restaurant Association. The initiative was developed in collaboration with more than 17 agencies and organizations, and includes:
- A comprehensive, one-stop online guide with city, county, and state permitting and licensing information, and tools to help restaurateurs easily navigate the process.
- Dedicated customer service and technical assistance in the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development led by a new Restaurant Advocate, Jennifer Tam.
- Ongoing regulatory reform and process improvements across city, county, and state agencies that interact with restaurant entrepreneurs.
The Restaurant Advocate's role is to provide direct business support and navigational help to restaurant entrepreneurs as they start and operate restaurants in Seattle. In addition to conducting outreach to businesses, specifically ethnic business owners, the Restaurant Advocate will work with partners to improve policies or programs across the public-private partnership.
Read the Mayor's blog.