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From pastry shops to large pizza chains to high-end restaurants and a few bars, much of the Seattle dining scene decided to cut service this weekend or reduce opening times due to the sweltering heat wave. In Seattle, mercury reached 104 degrees on Sunday June 27th. set an example for the hottest day ever, and establishments that did not have air conditioning (and even some that did) made adjustments for security reasons.
Beacon Hills popular Filipino restaurant Weasel all reservations canceled on Saturday and Sunday while Eden Hill at Queen Anne bakery and Georgetown Deep sea sugar and salt did the same. Several other bodies including Community, Melo Café, and Lowrider Cookie Company, Closed on Sunday morning. Some of the area’s farmers markets, including West Seattle, also closed on the early side, citing the heat.
„It’s been a crazy year and a half, let me tell you,” says Melissa Miranda, Executive Chef at Musang. “We’ve invested in some portable air conditioners, but we’re not sure how well they will work with six fans. It’s tough out there [patio], also because there is no air either. Most importantly, my concern for the staff … but it’s tough. The day-long shutdown also affects our business. And it’s tough for the guests, and they too understand that we are human and to work under these conditions is crazy. ”
The forecast for Monday is another hit, with temperatures expected to hit triple digits again. Although many restaurants are usually closed at the beginning of the week anyway, those that have Monday hours – like Sichuan Restaurant Chengdu flavor in the Chinatown International District, the Walrus and the carpenter, and wine bar report on Citol Hill – decided to close. Local burger chain Dicks temporarily closes its Broadway location and Pagliacci pizza all outposts closed across town on Monday.
Hawaiian-Korean restaurant Super six in Columbia City, along with all siblings Marienplatz, made the same call. „[Super Six] has air conditioning, but it has problems, as do our cooling units and staff, ”co-owner Kamala Saxton told Eater Seattle. “Even with air conditioning in the kitchen, it’s just too hot and unfortunately there was another break-in this morning at 4 a.m., so that the deal was sealed when the contract was signed. Ma Kai [in West Seattle] has no air conditioning and it would have been cruel to have our employees come to work today. „
Weekend weather reports in the Pacific Northwest identified the once-in-a-millennium heat dome that descended on the regionwhat experts to the effects of climate change. According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, 41 people went to the King County emergency room with heat-related illnesses on Saturday. more than four times the usual amount in a day for this time of year.
Conditions could also be a reminder in late summer, when poor air quality from forest fire smoke (another impact of climate change) forced restaurants and bars across Seattle to close as being outdoors for long periods of time proved dangerous. „I’m worried about the smoke this summer,” says Miranda. “We also closed for this last year. So we just keep going day by day. ”
Fortunately, the weather calls for slightly milder temperatures later in the week – albeit still in the mid-80s. Even with this slight drop, it’s best to keep an eye on the restaurants social media pages for the reopening status. New bakery in Seattle Holy bread Also circulated some helpful information from the city about local refrigeration centers via Instagram.