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CASE STUDY: King County's Bar & Restaurants

Safely reopening bars and restaurants through strategic guidance and coordination across King County


Providing Grant Program Design, Revitalization Implementations, and Compliance Support to Distressed Restaurant Businesses.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in extreme financial hardship to thousands of food businesses nationwide, including those of King County, Washington. To help these businesses safely reopen the Department of Public Health Environment Health (DPHEH) launched the "Safe Start for Taverns and Restaurants" (SSTAR) program. The King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) developed a similar initiative, the "Aid to Restaurants" program.

SSTAR and Aid to Restaurants represented just two out of more than 100 CARES ACT funded relief programs initiated across 20 King County agencies for which Witt O’Brien’s provided design, implementation, and grant compliance support.

Fill out the form now to read about how Witt O’Brien’s proximity to the county’s full suite of COVID-19 relief programs enabled our team to identify these overlapping initiatives and strategize a path toward optimizing funding and maximizing community impact.