Despite mayor’s promises, owner of downtown Seattle restaurant says area is still unsafe

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there had been a mass shooting in downtown Seattle. Mauro Golmarvi, owner of Assaggio, an Italian restaurant, practically pleaded with city leaders for help and spoke to KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson show.

Despite promises from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Golmarvi is still grappling with a danger zone and has now had to cut his hours to five days a week, four hours a day. Last weekend there was another shooting near his restaurant.

Dealing with COVID-19 would be one thing, Golmarvi noted, but he says downtown is dangerous. It’s the time of year when people come down for vacation, but there is nothing.

“I hear all of these other restaurants say ‘yes, Bellevue is so awesome, and Kirkland is so busy, Redmond is busy, West Seattle is busy,’” Golmarvi said. “Downtown?… I mean, 11 shifts that I used to have. There were five lunches and six dinners, I was only closed on Sundays. I’m only open five days in this time – it’s Tuesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

After 8 p.m., he says it’s too dangerous for most people to even walk downtown.

Following his conversation with the mayor in January 2020, he says he never received an answer. He was asked if he would like to be part of a task force and he said yes, but he has never received a response to any of his attempts to reach out since then.

Assaggio will be in business for 30 years next year, but Golmarvi is not ready to retire or relocate.

“We love what we do, I love taking care of people,” he said. “I don’t want to be retired. I want to work. But my hand is tied.

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He wishes he was somewhere else where they respect their business owners, but he says there are too many memories and too much history in downtown Seattle for him and his business that he just doesn’t want. resume and move to the suburbs.

“[When] I reopened my restaurant after COVID and said it wasn’t about the money. I want to be a light in downtown Seattle on 4th Avenue because everything is dead, ”he said.

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